[Bf-committers] UI Translation

Ton Roosendaal bf-committers@blender.org
Thu, 25 Mar 2004 12:22:13 +0100


Maybe we don't have to disable the other options, but clearly  
communicate the current support level is limited to tooltips. Also  
menus can get tooltips BTW.

I still think these conditions should be met:

- create a default template for translators to contribute to, based on  
tooltips only.
- organizing all of the translators (communicating with them, maillist?)
- find a means how to handle releases (new or changed tooltips).
- testing and make sure the releases work for it
- public support page on website describing how the system works, and  
how to contribute to it.

In contrary to other Blender features, UI translations also puts a high  
demand on organizational and support level. Without that we better not  
even think of it.

Or simply said: who accepts to be responsible and manage it!


On Thursday, Mar 25, 2004, at 01:08 Europe/Amsterdam, Rob Haarsma wrote:

> Ton Roosendaal wrote:
>> After a quick review of tracker, and reactions we get by mail and   
>> people on IRC... I'd like to get the following decision approved:
>> Officially we'll limit UI translation to tooltips only.
> Why limit only to tooltips ?
> Allow me to list the problems with the current translation  
> implementation:
> - Blender's UI truncates texts if they don't fit on a button.
> This is very convenient, but gettext doesn't find the suitable  
> translation anymore.
> - The label and value of numeric buttons are drawn/translated in one  
> pass.
> This means that gettext would require a translation for each value a  
> button can have.
> - Popup menu buttons are coded in different ways.
> The option list might contain texts with trailing whitespaces. Gettext  
> requires
> exact strings for a proper translation.
> Please note that these artifacts mainly occur with the translation of  
> buttons.
> The toolbox and the pulldown menu's automatically adjust their size to  
> the maximum
> text length, so there is no problem here.
> To keep it short...
> I'd hate to see the current implementation getting disabled or removed  
> from Blender.
> The way it works now isn't flawless, but it works nicely and it  
> doesn't harm anyone
> or anything. Also, I don't like to disencourage the sweet folks that  
> supplied the
> available translations. And who knows, there might even be people on  
> this planet
> that actually use it !
> Maybe we can decide to expand our limit, and officially support UI  
> translation for
> tooltips, toolbox and pulldown menu's ?
> Rob.
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