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May 25, 2015: This project is not dead (yet). We're on out third hack doing this having taken several wrong turns as far as which tags actually need to be written out as code and which can be included as comments (like custom tags).
But as an addendum, I'd like to add, that if this works (at all) it will be useful for seeing how to write a gtk application by hand by outputting working code for whichever tags it ends up handling correctly. And for those it doesn't handle correctly...
There's a utility called 'glib-compile-resources' that takes an xml file that is basically a list of resources such as glade ui files, and it outputs c code to embed the data in the application. It's messy to use, but it works.
There may be another messy gtk/glib utility to create these xml files that 'glib-compile-resources' can use, but if there is here's another one that may or may not be easier to use.
On KDE/QT file dialog there's often a pop-up with a check box saying "remember only in KurrentApplication", so you can have different sets of "bookmarks", restricted to relevant applications. That is, no picture folders on audio applications and vice-versa/whatever.
Is there a hidden way to do that with GTK? Probably answering myself already, but I don't think so (the gtk-terminology would be "shortcut", instead of "bookmark", though): ...
Whereas gtk-qt-engine doesn't work very well, that is, GTK can't be easily made to "simulate" QT/KDE themes, the converse seems to work very well, and apparently no additional package is needed for that, but QT alone, or actually just qtconfig-qt4, in order to set the QT/KDE* theme as "GTK+".
So one third of the problem of desktop uniformity is solved if you have one GTK2 (I believe it's GTK2, not 3, I'm not sure) theme that you find good enough to have both in...
I used to like the condensed variant of Deja Vu, which is the default font (in the regular variation) for many linux distributions/DEs I guess. I've always disliked the regular variant, I find it too wide, while the condensed is very nice to look at. It's quite a hassle to actually use it everywhere though, either the font is buggy, or the apps that read it are buggy. I think it's the former as other fonts with two "nested subtypes/variants" work (such as liberation). The GUI settings...