[wp-hackers] icons

Ryan McCue ryanmccue at cubegames.net
Tue Oct 28 08:25:59 GMT 2008

Otto wrote:
> Whoops, forgot the link explaining why:
> http://www.linux.com/feature/119212

To quote said article:
> Even though combining two works under incompatible licenses (such as
> CC-BY-SA and GPL) is not allowed, there are ways developers can code
> an application so that images and other data remain separate as far as
> copyright law is concerned.
> Smith says, "There hasn't been a lot of case law on this, and separate
> collections of images for developers to use are a relatively recent
> development, so best practices for the community haven't fully evolved
> yet either. We're still at a point where we feel it's best to get all
> the details of a particular scenario and rule on that."
> [...]
> Hard-coding the paths to your icons, Smith says, probably results in
> what copyright law could deem a single, combined work. [...]
> But mechanisms do exist to make a clean separation between the code
> and the data. "Most graphical toolkits are written such that
> applications can request stock icons, such as the 'zoom in' icon, and
> the toolkit will load and display a particular image based on the
> user's theme and other preferences."

That's a possibility that could be used in WP. All that would need to be
done is to add a filter to the filenames and it should be doable.

Ryan McCue

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