[Ubuntu-l10n-eng] [Bug 406626] Re: Deleted Items Folder inconsistently named

Sridhar Dhanapalan lists.sridhar at dhanapalan.com
Sun Dec 13 02:29:06 GMT 2009

This issue is the result of an ill-conceived (and I take partial
responsibility for this) and inconsistently implemented policy.

The problem we face is that different upstreams have different names for
their waste receptacles. To take GNOME and KDE (the largest desktop
projects) as a reference:

  * http://live.gnome.org/BritishEnglish
  * http://l10n.kde.org/team-infos.php?teamcode=en_GB

As you can see, GNOME uses "wastebasket" and KDE uses "wastebin". So if
we leave the strings untranslated we're going to see an inconsistency.

Using "Trash" is ill-advised for the following reasons:

  * we would have to manually rename the "wastebasket" and "wastebin" references from upstream
  * we would be introducing yet another synonym for the same thing
  * "Trash" sounds foreign (if you disagree, you can always use en_US)

Having lived through and participated in the debates that introduced the
"Deleted Items" option, I now think the best way forwards is to fix
things upstream. The KDE and GNOME choices are already prevalent, so I
suggest that we work with the translation teams from both those projects
and encourage them to agree on one. By fixing it upstream, we benefit
other distributions as well and eliminate the need for the Ubuntu en_GB
team to do any work.

Deleted Items Folder inconsistently named
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