Quick poll - Toolbar style preference

Geert Janssens janssens-geert at telenet.be
Wed Sep 18 09:31:31 EDT 2013

On Wednesday 18 September 2013 13:14:28 Geert Janssens wrote:
> While I'm working on migrating preferences from gconf to gsettings, I
> came across the "Toolbar Style" preference.
> I first started to migrate it verbatim, just like most other
> preferences, but then it occurred to me this is really a general GUI
> preference, rather than a GnuCash specific one and that migrating it
> would cause some extra work in the Windows build (and maybe the OS X
> one as well).
> So I'm inclined to remove it instead and let the user's desktop
> environment take care of it automatically.
> On any platform that has gnome, this should work as expected: the
> user's system-wide preference is used automatically. I don't see why
> someone would want to make an exception for GnuCash in such an
> environment.
> On Windows, gnome is not available so it defaults to both icons and
> text. There's no obvious way to change this on that platform. I guess
> the same goes for OS X, though John can probably confirm or disagree.
> I'm trying to balance user benefit vs code complexity here. If I do
> migrate the code to gsettings, that means the windows build has to be
> revised (and maybe the OS X one as well): the current code checks for
> system wide gconf settings. Those don't exist on Windows, but gconf
> is tolerant for missing settings schemas. Gsettings is not. So for
> gsettings we'd need to install the proper system wide schema
> definitions or GnuCash would simply crash. The package that ships
> those schema definitions is not in our build scripts yet (I will even
> have to figure out where I can get it).
> We could also start making platform exceptions as a workaround. But in
> that case I'd rather see the exceptions used for better system
> integration: figure out if Windows has some kind of system wide
> toolbar_style property and then use that to make GnuCash behave like
> other windows programs. And the same for OS X. Anyway, that would
> rather be an enhancement request rather than a required feature for
> 2.6.
> Can others agree that I remove this option ?
> Geert
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On top of this all, it seems that insisting users can customize the toolbar appearance using 
.gtkrc-2.0 on Windows and OS X (in the absense of a fully configured gnome environment).

All the more reason for me to drop the preference.


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