July 1, 2002
Themes are reserved to Windows users.
It does not apply to Macintosh. On Macintosh, use the "Appearance"
control panel to change theme.
It is possible to change the look of
system objects (buttons, windows...) that are displayed on
This can be performed through a theme definition, also called
A theme defines the object look and
dimension, the default fonts, the default desktop backgrounds, the
text colors and effects, the way windows appear and disappear, as
well as their default translucency.
The theme to be used by the
application can be selected by the user, among the available theme
list. Adjustments can then be made by the user, in order to make it
fit his needs.
A theme is a sub-folder (directory) of the "Themes" folder,
located at the application level.
Folder name defines the theme name.
Thos folder contains up to three different files:
When the application is launched, new themes are copied in the
preferences shared folder, in order to make them available to all
Myriad applications that use this technology.
- A "setup.txt" file, that describes the theme
In order to understand how themes are build, it is recommended
to view the default theme that are provided with the
Be careful however, the "Classic" theme is special, because it does
not contain any graphical element file. It is therefore not
recommended to use it as an example.