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Chapter 4. Creating Windows XP Themes fr... > Your Theme Should Have a Theme

Your Theme Should Have a Theme

I think it would be safe to assume that Microsoft calls a unique collection of display properties (icons, colors, background, and so on), mouse cursors, and sounds a theme because it has thematic intent, meaning the theme uses a unifying topic or subject that then dictates how each of the theme elements looks.

For example, if you create a Windows theme based on your team sport, you would want the color scheme to use your favorite team’s colors (or be complementary to the team’s colors), have a background that shows the team (or your favorite player in action), and then have icons and cursors that match the overall concept of the theme. Take a look at the simple hockey theme shown in Figure 4.2.


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