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

Harald Judt h.judt at gmx.at
Mon Jan 21 17:04:22 CET 2013

Am 21.01.2013 16:07, schrieb Harald Judt:
> 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.

I've found yet another, simpler solution: I can make the tooltips use 
fixed width (monospace) fonts, like I did with the description of 
precipitations in the configuration dialog. Then alignment is easily 
possible. I'll try that myself first and see how it looks.


`Experience is the best teacher.'

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