accessible login

Andreas Nilsson nisses.mail at
Wed Aug 27 11:17:04 UTC 2008

Matthias Clasen wrote:
> Hey artists,
> the new gdm has a nice and easy way to turn on HighContrast / LargePrint themes.
> You can see screenshots of it here:
> Unfortunately, as the screenshots show, a number of the icons that gdm
> uses don't have
> HighContrast versions, which makes the experience a bit less awesome
> than it could be.
> The list of required icons is fairly short, so it seems doable to
> reach a 100% accessible login screen, as far as icons are concerned:
> emblem-default
> media-playback-pause
> view-refresh
> system-shutdown
> preferences-desktop-accessibility (this may just need to be scaled down)
> go-home
> preferences-desktop-locale
> preferences-desktop-keyboard
> session-properties (not in the screenshots)
Regarding the icons used in the buttons, I don't think the buttons 
should use any icons at all, as the word clearly speaks for itself and 
the icons used currently only lead to confusion (and uglyness).
I filed a bug on this a while ago [1]

Regarding the other icons, it seems that we have all the icons you 
listed, except preferences-desktop-keyboard (and possibly 
session-properties, couldn't find it) in the HighContrast-SVG 
folder/theme [2].
I'm not sure what the status is on that set though. Calum or Luca should 


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