[Xfce-i18n] Screen vs Monitor

Nick Schermer nickschermer at gmail.com
Mon Jan 3 20:41:24 CET 2011

On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 8:20 PM, Stavros Giannouris <stavrosg at hellug.gr> wrote:
> 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.

You never see both at the same time in the output selector; the panel
cannot handle the case > 1 screen && > 1 monitor.


More information about the Xfce-i18n mailing list