RFC: KToolBox

Simon Hausmann hausmann at kde.org
Mon Sep 4 19:24:47 BST 2006

On Monday 4. September 2006 18:06, Matt Broadstone wrote:
> On 9/4/06, Olaf Jan Schmidt <ojschmidt at kde.org> wrote:
> > [ Frans Englich ]
> >
> > > Isn't it a usability and accessibility concern that font and styles are
> > > hard coded in a class?
> >
> > Yes, hard coding colours, fonts, sizes or styles leads to accessibility
> > and usability problems. The upcoming HIG will contain clear guidelines
> > for this.
> >
> > All existing instances of such hard coding need to be removed for KDE4.
> > The idea is to extend the colour schemes and to provide new convenience
> > widgets for application appearance configuration to help enforce this.
> >
> > If you need an additional colour role, then please tell me what exactly
> > you need and I will add it to my list.
> >
> > Olaf
> >
> > --
> > Olaf Jan Schmidt, KDE Accessibility co-maintainer, open standards
> > accessibility networker, Protestant theology student and webmaster of
> > http://accessibility.kde.org/ and http://www.amen-online.de/
> Yeah the hardcoded stuff will not be there in a later version, the
> idea though is that its built of more widgets that allow styling of
> the toolbox that was not previously possible. Instead of being made up
> of just a single tab its created with a header, base, and footer all
> which theoretically can be styled. The idea initially was to have
> something like CE_ToolBoxTab CE_ToolBoxTabLabel PE_ToolBoxBase
> PE_ToolBoxFooter - or whatever, so you can actually have control over
> the look of the toolbox. Remember, the reason I made this in the first
> place was because I simply couldn't do this with the current way
> things work (though I theoretically could have done it if I made a
> QStyle JUST for the toolbox - but this is not ideal imho, styles
> should be made to be applied to the whole application).

That is btw exactly the reason why Qt 4.2's QWidget has a styleSheet property 
that transparently enables the style sheet style to permit the use of CSS 
(with images, etc.) to change the look of an entire widget.

I hope we'll have enough documentation and example code ready for 4.2 to 
show :)

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