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Is there a way to theme Atom to fit in with elementary?

Yes there is. There's a special UI theme called elementary-light-ui that you can use. The theme was created by one of the main elementary's developers (Cassidy James). To install it, just type in the ...
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How should I type elementary OS? With a lowercase e or an uppercase E?

elementary is the name used for the entire project (operating system and everything else related to it). elementary OS is just the name of the operating system, not the entire project. elementary's ...
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Is there a way to theme LibreOffice to match the elementary design guidelines?

The folks from Xubuntu are currently working on an elementary icon theme for LibreOffice in Github
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Why are the scroll bars thin?

UX lead here :) Scrolling is generally considered something better solved in hardware these days. Whether it's a multi-touch trackpad, mouse, or direct touch input it's not really necessary to hunt ...
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elementary OS application development databases?

Check out the developer section of elementary's website. They offer advice on many components you can use to build elementary-style applications. Specifically, they recommend GDA for managing ...
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Is it correct/acceptable to use 'eOS' as an acronym for elementary OS?

No , it is not There must be lots of E things like eRadio , eSoft , eFM , eSettings and eLaptop . elementary want to have the elementary brand and not the E brand (if they did want to they would call ...
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Why isn't Files pinned to the dock by default?

UX Lead here :) Generally, manual file management is something that's considered to be deprecated. Modern applications manage files very effectively. Oftentimes, attempting to manually manage files ...
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How to remove the window header or decorations?

This is not really possible without forking the application. Decorations are drawn by the toolkit now instead of by the window manager which means that they are actually part of the application and ...
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How should I design a "Create Project" wizard?

Check out The Wizard Anti-Pattern by Stef Walter. It's part of the "See Also" in the Design Philosophy section of the HIG. The TL;DR is to avoid wizards at all cost. Get as much info automatically as ...
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How do I make all window corners to be rounded?

In what looks like a forward-looking change according to issue #5 on the stylesheet's GitHub repo, apps have to request the rounded corners via a class in elementary's GTK+ stylesheet. See pull ...
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Is there a elementary HIG compliant video editor?

At this time you can be happy when having a working video editor on elementary OS. Kdenlive from the 14.04 Repo is very outdated and has some problems. The newer builds from the ppa rely on newer ...
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Can I change the Multitasking view icon style?

Well, currently you cannot change these icons' size - they are adjusted automatically. However, if you're interested in this feature, you might consider to open a bug report on launchpad. The ...
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In which thing OS is developed/written?

The short version is this: elementary is based on Ubuntu. Ubuntu is based on Debian. Debian was one of the first Linux distros. Each distro takes the foundation laid by the previous one and uses it ...
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How to make work Yelp (Gnome Help)?

elementary OS does not use Yelp. Part of the design philosophy is "minimal documentation". In a nutshell, if it needs documentation it's not a good design.
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Do menus normally have icons in elementary OS?

Menu items in elementary OS do not normally have icons.
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XMPP chat client that meets Human Interface Guidelines

A dedicated chat app was recently discussed as a prominent wishlist request, but there isn't any such app in full development beyond prototypes as of now. The chat project has an open bounty of $550 ...
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I want to help with UI/UX design?

If you want to help with Elementary OS in any way it is best to go to their GitHub page and look for open issues in their respective repositories. There might be something UI/UX related you can ...
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Why do some apps have no close button?

The issue was due to some settings that got messed up. I cleaned the ~/.config folder (after backing it up of course), and then rebooted. The problem went away. I am still not sure which exact setting ...
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Is there documentation on Icon Design for Gtk+ and elementary OS?

TL;DR There is no canonical documentation for this. The hard truth is that there is no comprehensive documentation for creating 3rd party themes and the theme is not considered a "stable API". You ...
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GTK theme inspector for Desktop Enviroment elements

To debug the DE itself (I assume you want to debug a wingpanel widget), you need to somehow focus them. The easiest way I use is opening Slingshot (or any other wingpanel indicator), hovering your ...
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GTK theme inspector for Desktop Enviroment elements

You can use Gtk Inspector. To enable it open a terminal and execute : gsettings set org.gtk.Settings.Debug enable-inspector-keybinding true And now you can launch it with Ctrl + Shift + I. Source: ...
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Are we allowed to use the documentation stylesheets?

Legal Yes, you can re-use the styles found here. MIT grants you usage rights for pretty much everything. What you cannot do is use the "elementary" name or logomark in such a way as to suggest ...
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