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Old 06-21-2005, 10:37 AM   #1
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Question X selective translucency?


i just got the translucency/alpha support working on my FC4 + KDE. One thing that I've wanted to do forever is set up the translucency so that only a single color or range of colors is affected. For example, I'd like to have only the white background of Gaim's buddy list fade in and out, so I could have just the text floating on the background, like Adium (an IM client for OSX). Any ideas on this? My X programming experience is ziltch, but if thats what it takes....

Old 06-22-2005, 07:31 PM   #2
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At a guess, that would probably require rewriting (to use your example) Gaim's code, as well as the code of each other application you'd like to alter. There are some applications that will make themselves transparent/translucent, like wterm, but afaik it's an application-specific addition, not a windowmanager-wide thing.

There appears to be a desktop environment that supports what they call "Selective translucency", but if that means what you want it to mean I couldn't say... It might be worth checking out?

I've got to say,'s a really neat idea!


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