[Xfce-i18n] Questions about translation

Juha Kautto kautto.juha at kolumbus.fi
Wed Oct 20 11:09:47 CEST 2004

Brian J. Tarricone wrote:

> Juha Kautto wrote:
>> Hi !
>> I have now done some translations and I have few questions. Hope 
>> somebody knows ?
>> 1) I translated so called .desktop files, too, but I do not see those 
>> being used anywhere. So is there any place in Xfce to see how the 
>> translations in desktop look like ? (kdm shows xfce.desktop in 
>> finnish, but I mean inside Xfce)
> the translated strings appear in the autogenerated desktop menu 
> (specifically, the xfce-related .desktop file should end up in the 
> Settings menu).  if not, then it's an xfdesktop bug.

There is now something that I simple do not get....Bare with me and 
let's check panel as an example:
When I do:
$ xfce-setting-show
I can see: "Xfce Paneeli" which indeed is finnish, but when I check the 
corresponding .desktop file:
I see no [fi] language:
Name=Xfce 4 Panel Settings
Name[fr]=Paramètres du panneau Xfce 4
Name[nl]=Instellingen Xfce 4 Panel
Comment=Panel Settings
Comment[fr]=Paramétrage du panneau
Comment[nl]=Instellingen voor het paneel

But I do find the finnish translation from the panel fi.po file. And if 
I change that and make it the new po file, the description in the 
setting changes, too. So the strings are not coming from .desktop file ?

Did you mean the xfce-setting-show command or something else ? Where is 
that autogenerated desktop menu file you mentioned ? Should it be here: 
~/.cache/xfce4/desktop ? the content is:
$ lt
total 8
-rw-r--r--    1 jkautto  jkautto       834 Oct 19 21:17 
-rw-r--r--    1 jkautto  jkautto       118 Oct 19 21:17 

and the right-click menu in my system has always been the same. very 
static. Do I have something  wrong in my setup ?

>> 2) Are there any know problems in this area? I copied and tested new 
>> translations, but in some places the new finnish words do not appear. 
>> Previous line is ok but the suddenly there is english and after that 
>> again Finnish. May be my error, but efore I start checking what it 
>> might be...is there anything that is known ? perhaps too long phrases 
>> are reverted back to the original english ?
> that's weird.  i've never heard of something like that happening, but 
> i'm not to well-versed in how gettext works.
>    -brian
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