[Xfce4-commits] r29004 - in xfce4-mixer/trunk: . panel-plugin xfce4-mixer
stephan at xfce.org
Thu Dec 11 09:42:10 CET 2008
On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 11:25 PM, Brian J. Tarricone <bjt23 at cornell.edu> wrote:
> Just a few notes..
>> - gtk_label_set_markup (GTK_LABEL (label2), _("No controls are marked
>> as visible. Please open the <span size='large'><b>Select Controls</b></span>
>> dialog to select some."));
>> + gtk_label_set_markup (GTK_LABEL (label2), _("No controls are marked
>> as visible. Open the <span size='large'><b>Select Controls</b></span> dialog
>> to select some."));
> There's no reason to remove the "please" here. Being polite never hurts, as
> long as it's not overused. More a personal style thing, I guess.
I think there is a good reason NOT to use 'please' (I do it all the
time... but stay with me on this one)
Generally, neither we, nor the programs we write care about how a user
handles a piece of software. We can however, advise a user to take
certain actions to achieve a described result which we think they are
most likely to desire. 'If you want to perform action X, it is
required that Y is configured correctly'. instead of 'Please configure
Y, or X wont work'.
Yet, being polite by making the system say please whenever something
is required by the user seems weird.
But maybe that's just me, I like a system that tells me whats wrong
without adressing me personally.
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