xfce4-weather-plugin: symbols & descriptions update

Harald Judt h.judt at gmx.at
Wed Aug 29 19:22:10 CEST 2012

Am 29.08.2012 18:18, schrieb Guido Berhoerster:
> * Harald Judt <h.judt at gmx.at> [2012-08-29 17:57]:
>> Am 29.08.2012 15:35, schrieb Yves-Alexis Perez:
>>> On mar., 2012-08-21 at 12:27 +0200, Harald Judt wrote:
>>>> Unfortunately I will have to postpone the 0.8.2 release a bit, and the
>>>> translators might get more work to do...
>>>> Until now, I've never verified the symbol -> description translation
>>>> table for the weather plugin. I have taken its correctness for granted,
>>>> being busy with other things and because of the fact that met.no
>>>> documentation is a bit sparse. Yesterday, Seong-ho Cho reported bug
>>>> #9228 and attached some corrected icons to replace those which are
>>>> obviously wrong. This made me think about the descriptions as they are
>>>> now, listed here in alphabetical order and without their "night" equivalent:
>>> Not completely out of topic, but what is the license for those icons?
>>> Are they GPL too?
>>> Regards,
>> I've already spent some time to find the source for those icons on
>> the net but have been unsuccessful. It seems they have been used by
>> the plugin from the beginning, but there is no license information
>> in the git tree, and there never has been.
>> So I have no answer, but perhaps the former devs (that's why this
>> mail will additionally be sent to all people listed in AUTHORS) can
>> shed a light on this? Where does the "liquid" theme originate from
>> (weather.com)? And more important, what are its terms and conditions
>> of usage?
>> With no answers to these questions, I see no other solution than to
>> look for an alternative icon set which is free and conforms to the
>> GPL. There are a lot of free weather icons out there, but I'd like
>> to avoid replacing it, because users got accustomed to it. There
>> have been no complaints about it so far, though it surely has its
>> drawbacks (e.g. dark panels).
> Weather status icons are actually standardized, if you can
> manage to restrict yourself to those specified in
> http://standards.freedesktop.org/icon-naming-spec/icon-naming-spec-latest.html
> which are also used by KDE/GNOME applications you wouldn't need to
> include them at all with the added benefit that these are covered
> by most icon themes and thus avoids the problems with dark themes
> etc.

Thanks for your suggestion. I understand the benefits of the 
standardized icons, but given the amount of free weather icon sets 
available, there might be more work writing new code for the 
standardized icons instead of simply exchanging the existing set with 
another one. Besides, I find the special icons quite useful, and I am 
planning to provide a way to make changing the weather icon theme easier 
(bug #6464 comes to my mind).


`Experience is the best teacher.'

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