Copyright © 2012,2013 by Thomas E. Dickey
Bear in mind that vile-development began as a committee. Icons reflect consensus.
Here is a timeline showing when the different icons were created:
> While this is plenty of ammunition for discussion, there's two other > things that would help legitimize vile that occur to me: a real vile > homepage and a vile graphic logo (I personally think the logo should > look a trifle vile/evil). Maybe some solicitation for these items > could be done on the vile-users list or elsewhere? I'm inclined toward a jack-o-lantern for a logo.
I haven't have had the opportunity/need to run xvile for a number of years. But I'm curious. Does xvile have any custom icons that can be displayed by the various X window managers?
I ask because it's my opinion that winvile needs its own unique icon, which could certainly be borrowed from xvile (if existant).
but we did not pursue that very far.> so i asked julia what she would choose as an icon for vile (which she uses > regularly, btw). > > and she immediately grinned back with "i think a picture of a small > glass beaker would be good". hmm (vile/vial)
Yes, I agree completely. I have attached a version of my vile.ico that includes a 16x16 pixel icon which instead of merely stretching the 32x32 version further zooms in on the LLC (lower left corner). I considered focusing on the ":e" but two vertically stacked tildes looks pretty classy to me and is sufficiently esoteric to be appropriate. Hey, it's hard to make a statement in 16x16...
After this, icons were "done", not to be revisited for many years. In mid-2012, I translated the icons to SVG format (manually using inkscape, since there is no suitable mechanical process for vectorizing a low-resolution bitmap). The resulting SVG-icons can be easily scaled on import to gimp to generate PNG-files as shown in the contents section of my webpages. While there is some rework needed (the "sink" icon has poor contrast at low resolution), my intent is to preserve the overall effect of the April 1999 versions of the icons.
Incidentally, the day after I published my pumpkin-icon, Eric Raymond published his "Halloween Papers" webpage (on 1992-11-02). When I noticed that, I did examine his icon, and concluded that it was not a direct copy of my icon (though they were very similar). Call it coincidence.
|jack o'lantern (V-eyes)|
|(everything but) the kitchen sink|