Consolidating the various freezes
martin.pitt at ubuntu.com
Fri Sep 14 16:30:40 BST 2007
Matthew East [2007-09-14 14:33 +0100]:
> On 14/09/2007, Martin Pitt <martin.pitt at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> > * StringFreeze and ArtworkDeadline should be subsumed under
> > UserInterfaceFreeze.
> >From a documentation point of view, that might be slightly difficult,
> given that documentation is currently covered by string freeze, and
> yet it is potentially affected by artwork and strings changing in
> programs (such as menus or ui buttons).
This strikes me as a meta-issue. UI and String freeze for the distro
particularly exist to give documentation writers and translators a
fixed target to work on. Thus I think it does not make much sense to
cover the documentation *itself* with the same string freeze that
applies to the actual distro.
Documentation might need its own (later) string freeze to allow
translators to catch up, but that's a different level IMHO.
> For these sorts of cases it strikes me that actually the freeze system
> is a bit inflexible, and what we really want is a period of time
> during when UI string changes are possible, but where they are
> relevant to documentation, get notified to the docteam and can be
> quickly fixed before it becomes impossible to change any strings in
> documentation. I believe Gnome has a notification period like this,
> and it seems to work.
This does sound useful in any case.
Martin Pitt http://www.piware.de
Ubuntu Developer http://www.ubuntu.com
Debian Developer http://www.debian.org
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