My workplace has me using Pidgin on Windows 7. I am having trouble making it play nicely with my accessibility requirements. Specifically, as a GTK app out of its native habitat it is not following my desktop preferences for larger fonts.
Most importantly I need to increase the font size in the buddy list. I can change the size for a conversation using the built-in preferences, but that doesn't affect the buddy list. It appears (from Googling) that I need to write a custom theme for this. I have no prior GTK experience.
I found this page about writing themes; I followed the instructions there and successfully installed the example they give, which worked. Then I set out to write what I actually want.
Following the model there I created the following theme in a new, parallel directory. This does not load (it's not on the list when I try to change the theme), so apparently there's an error (but I can't identify it):
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <theme type="pidgin buddy list" name="Buddy List" author="..." image="Example_theme_logo.png" > <description>Increase font size in buddy list</description> <buddys> <contact_text font="Verdana [14.0]"/> <online_text font="Verdana [14.0]"/> <away_text font="Verdana [14.0]"/> <offline_text font="Verdana [14.0]"/> <idle_text font="Verdana [14.0]"/> <status_text font="Verdana [14.0]"/> <message_text font="Verdana [14.0]"/> <message_nick_said_text font="Verdana [14.0]"/> </buddys> </theme>
I've tried several things for the value of
font based on this documentation:
- font="Verdana "
- above with 14.0
I also tried omitting the image declaration in
theme (really, images are the last thing I care about...) in case that was a bad reference somehow, but that didn't change anything.
So I might not be specifying the size correctly, and there might be some other error in this theme that prevents it from loading as well.