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What is this all about?

Since KDE4, Kalzium is able to display different iconsets. Of course, to display iconsets you need to have the icons, in the first place.

What do you mean by 'Iconset'?

The word "Icon" is a bit misleading. When I say icon I mean an illustration of an element. For example, carbon is used for many many things like your crayon or in the framework of cars. So the "icon" for carbon could be the picture of a crayon or a car/sailing boat.

Of course, an element might have a lot of applications. This means the many icons might fit for an element. For example, I currently have several icons for Hydrogen. Also, radioactive elements are not used (outside power plants). That is why they will all get the same icon (unless I find a good reason to do otherwise).

How can I contribute?

If you have artistic abilities then you might want to help out Kalzium!

This is a good example of how Kalzium would look like, I "just" need the images, the code is done. So if you have artistic skills and some free time I would really welcome your help! Per element one svg-file is needed, I would do the rest.

Even if you would only create one or five icons, each icon would help a lot! I created a list of ideas what each icons could display. You find the list here. The icons need to be 40:40 (x:y ratio). Put the symbol of the icon in the grey box at the bottom. Please start with the template file if you start a new icon. If you have an icon you can send it to Carsten (cniehaus _at_ kde _dot_ org) or Kalziums mailinglist.

What to do in order to have a consistent iconset?

  • You should use the palette defined by Oxygen. You will find the file here. You will find detailed instructions how to use the palette here.
  • The icons have to have a 1:1 (x:y) ratio. That is because the icons will be displayed with 40:40 pixel.
  • Please use a transparent background
  • Add the symbol of the element to the bottom of the icon. Have a look at the example-icon how to do it.

A perfect example

The perfect example

Current status

H, Hydrogen
He. Helium
Li. Lithium
Be, Beryllium
B, Boron
C, Carbon
N, Nitrogen
O, Oxygen
F, Flourine
Ne, Neon
Na, Sodium
Mg, Magnesium
Al, Aluminum
Si, Silicone
S, Sulfur
Cl, Chlorine
Ar, Argon
K, Potassium
Ca, Calcium
Sc, Scandium
Cr, Chromium
Fe, Iron
Co, Cobalt
Ni, Nickel
Cu, Copper
Zn, Zinc
Ga, Gallium
Ge, Germanium
As, Arsen
Se, Selenium
Br, Bromium
Kr, Krypton
Rb, Rubidium
Sr, Strontium
Y, Yttrium
Tc, Tecneticum
Ag, Silver
In, Indium
Sn, Tin
Sb, Antimony
Te, Tellur
I, Iod
Xe, Xenon
Cs, Caesium
Ba, Barium
La, Lanthan
Ce, Cer
Nd, Neodym
Pm, Praesodymium
Sm, Samarium
Hf, Hafnium
W, Tungsten
Au, Gold
Hg, Mercury (Quicksilver)
Tl, Thallium
Pb, Lead
Bi, Bismuth
Po, Polonium
At, Astat
Fr, Fracium
Ra, Radon
All radioactive elements (Po, At...)

Author: Carsten Niehaus
Last update: 2020-03-24

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