[Ubuntu-l10n-eng] Trash/Wastebasket/Deleted Items

Sridhar Dhanapalan sridhar at dhanapalan.com
Tue Oct 20 03:52:06 BST 2009

2009/10/19 Steve Holmes <bouncysteve at googlemail.com>:
> Hi all,
> Deleted Items is currently referred to in various places as Trash,
> Wastebasket and Deleted Items. If you open the folder itself you see
> references to all three in the same window (see Screenshot-1.png).
> There seem to be a number of issues here -
>     a) the window title needs changing from Wastebasket to Deleted Items.
>     b) The location when shown as a URI should ideally be changed from
> trash:/// to Deleted Items:/// (Is this possible? Will it break things?)
>     c) When the location is shown as a hierarchy of buttons the label is
> Wastebasket (see Screenshot-1.png). This should be changed to Deleted Items.
> Not sure if any or all of the above are already being looked at. If not I'm
> happy to raise them as bugs, but not sure which package to raise them
> against.

This is something that was never really cleared up properly. We have
some apps using 'Wastebasket', some using 'Wastebin' and the
untranslated ones remaining as 'Trash'.

We ended up deciding to change everything to 'Deleted Items'.
Correspondingly, all 'Delete' functions were to become 'Permanently
Delete' and 'Move to Wastebasket/Wastebin/etc' were to be 'Move to
Deleted Items folder'.

You can see this documented on our wiki at

The problem is that it every really caught on, and instead of
harmonising everything we just made it worse by adding another synonym
for the rubbish bin.

The best way to solve this would be to go upstream to GNOME, KDE and
so on, and get them to decide on something consistent for their en_GB
translations. That would eliminate the need for us to do anything in
that department.

Bring choice back to your computer.

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