[Xfce-i18n] Screen vs Monitor

Stavros Giannouris stavrosg at hellug.gr
Mon Jan 3 20:20:10 CET 2011

On 3 January 2011 20:55, Nick Schermer <nickschermer at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 7:30 PM, Stavros Giannouris <stavrosg at hellug.gr>
> wrote:
> > Hello.
> >
> > I'm trying to describe the two terms in the X Window System context so
> that
> > I can provide good translations for them, but I'm a bit confused;
> > I have some idea in my mind about this but I can quite put it down in
> > writing, or it is too lengthy to be accepted in the UI.
> >
> > Can someone help me with this, or at least point me to somewhere not too
> > techical to read?
> It is indeed a bit confusing, and the difference might not be obvious
> for most users (doesn't need to be), but this is how it works (at
> least in Gtk+/Gdk):
> The X server opens 1 display, a display contains >= 1 screens and a
> screen contains >= 1 monitors. In real life you'd hardly see a setup
> with > 1 screen and > 1 monitor; for example nvidia uses multiple
> screens for each output (each containing a single monitors with the
> size of the screen) and randr (intel/nouveau/..) 1 screen with
> multiple monitors for each output. Another detail is that monitors can
> overlap each other, screens cannot.
> Now (I assume you are translating this) in case of the panel; when a
> display setup uses monitors (randr), each output will have a name
> (LVDS, VGA1, DVI1) which is used by the panel, so you'd hardly see
> Monitor %d in the panel preferences.
> Screens on the other hand cannot have names, so there the users always
> sees Screen %d.
> If I were you I'd just translate Monitor and Screen as-is; normal
> users don't see a difference; but tech-users might know and (that's
> the reason the panel uses different names for both) it provides useful
> info in bug reports.
> Hope that helps a bit.
> Nick
> It helps a lot, thanks!

The problem is that the translation is the same for both words in Greek, but
if the possibility to see both of them in the preferences is minimal, then
it should be fine to use it.
Stavros Giannouris
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