Proposal for string improvements

Jannis Pohlmann jannis at
Mon Nov 3 15:06:39 CET 2008


I'd like to propose that we handle string-freeze differently this time.
Due to the large number of new components and incredible amount of
hacking that has happened during the past few months, we had almost no
time to improve the English strings. I'd therefore like to postpone the
string-freeze (which was planned to start with the release of beta2 ...
yesterday) and instead insert a string-improvement period before the
string-freeze time.

I'm not sure how to do this though. One idea would be that native
English speakers (and those who think their English is really good) and
maintainers come together a few times (twice a week for an hour maybe)
to go through the components dialogs and windows and discuss how the
strings could be improved. We could schedule these meetings and set a
deadline (like beta3) and *then* enter string-freeze. 

Any other ideas on how to organize this (if at all)?

Luckily, not all components have been rewritten from scratch, so we
could focus on those wo have seen major changes, like

  libxfcegui4     (the libxfce4kbd-private strings)
  xfce4-mixer     (not that many strings, but tooltips are missing
                   everywhere across the application)
  xfce4-appfinder (only very few strings, no tooltips yet)
  xfconf          (with focus on xfconf-query)
  xfdesktop       (settings dialog mostly)
  xfwm4           (settings dialogs)

What do you think?

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