[Xfce-i18n] xfce4-weather-plugin string freeze

Harald Judt h.judt at gmx.at
Mon Jan 21 16:07:50 CET 2013

Hi Mike,

Am 21.01.2013 14:10, schrieb Mike Gelfand:
> Hello Harald,
> On 14 Jan 2013, at 08:31 PM, Harald Judt <h.judt at gmx.at> wrote:
>> There are some strings like the tooltips of the forecast cells that will need some trial-and-error to get the alignment right; just use as many \t (tabs) as you deem necessary to make the layout look good.
> I don't think using tabs for laying out text is a great idea. Different users have different system fonts chosen, so what works for one of them doesn't necessarily works for others. Even in current English translation the layout of some strings is messed up for me using Ubuntu font while I presume you aligned it properly during development.

No, you're right, that was probably not a great idea. I've tried to 
align them so they look right for standard fonts, but as you say it does 
not quite work out for all other fonts / sizes.

> What I'm about to do is not use tabs as all. Please tell me what you think of this. Too bad pango markup has no basic tables support which would've solved the issue just fine.

No problem. Pango layout has a set_tabs function which could probably 
help, but I'm not sure it would be a feasible solution and implementing 
that would need much work anyway, so it's a no-go for the upcoming 
release. So, just forget about the tabs and use spaces if that works 
better for you.

Thinking about this a bit more, I wonder whether I should remove all 
these tabs used for alignment? On the one hand, that causes more work 
for the people who have already translated them and had a hell of a time 
aligning things. On the other hand, future translators will still 
encounter the problem and wonder what to do, and I don't see a reason 
why they should go through those troubles.

Also I'd restrict the changes to the tooltip in the forecast cells only. 
IIRC, there are not too many of these strings. The details tab and the 
other places look mostly fine for me when increasing the font size, so I 
won't touch them.

To all translators: Are you ok with removing the tabs used for alignment 
from the forecast cells? I apologize if this caused problems or confusion.


`Experience is the best teacher.'

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