[Goodies-dev] Simplify dialog title strings of goodies

Jannis Pohlmann jannis at xfce.org
Sat Nov 15 12:34:54 CET 2008


On Sat, 15 Nov 2008 12:27:44 +0100
Enrico Tröger <enrico.troeger at uvena.de> wrote:

> Hey all,
> during the efforts of improving the German translations of Xfce, we
> (the German translator team) agreed that it could be useful to
> simplify the title strings of various dialogs.
> Details:
> - Titles of preference dialogs: simply title it with the plugin name.
> There is no need to for anything like "Xfce4 Foo" or "Foo
> preferences". Call it "Foo". Preference dialogs are generally easily
> noticeable as such without the need to explicitly state it.
> - Remove any "Xfce4" or "Xfce" parts from dialog titles and in general
> from user-visible strings containing the application/plugin name.
> Users most probably know that they are running Xfce :). Especially for
> panel plugins.
> Exception: About dialogs where the real application name is desired
> (e.g. Xfce4 Dictionary, Xfce4 Mailwatch Plugin, ...).

Actually, I don't see how these are exceptions. BTW, the "Plugin"
suffix is kinda redundant too. It could just be "Mail watcher" and
"Dictionary" (or "Dictionary lookup" to separate it from the
preferences dialog) in those cases.

> Motivation:
> make the user interface more consistent and easy to use, less to read
> means faster access to what you want.
> Side effect: translators may get happy because there wil be less
> strings to translate :).

Or rather shorter strings ;)
> Please note: these are just suggestions to make things better and to
> make various goodies more consistent to improve the overall Xfce
> experience :).Nobody is forced to apply any of these suggestions.

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