[OSM-dev] Icon transparency (was: How to stop "daviddean" to mess up icons?)

David Dean ddean at ieee.org
Tue Dec 2 00:25:04 GMT 2008

Hi, David Dean here.

I've subscribed to this list now :) .

Anyway, the classic.small icons are one of the icon sets that gosmore uses,
and tend to look very messy with white squares around them.

I'll look into adding a border around some of the problem cases so they will
display well on black backgrounds. I'll make a start on them today.

Which icons in particular are causing the most problems?

Sorry about the mixup.

- David

Ulf Lamping-2 wrote:
> Matthias Julius schrieb:
>> Are these icons primarly meant to be for JOSM?
> The "classic.small" theme: yes (at least don't know other programs using
> it)
> All other themes (classic.big, svg, ...): no
>> If you allow transparency in icons you have a problem anyway since you
>> are not in control of the background color.  Or the icons have to be
>> designed to be visible on any background (like having an outline).
> That's true.
> But in reality, users only tend to use a black or a white background (at 
> least in JOSM). So if you deal with these two situations you're mostly
> done.
> Interestingly, there's no other problem in this regard reported. Even if 
> you have different colours on the map (e.g. green for a park), the icon 
> seems to be doing "a good job".
> Only black and white backgrounds seems to be problematic ...
> Regards, ULFL
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