ubiquity-slideshow-ubuntu: contemplating some string changes

Dylan McCall dylanmccall at gmail.com
Tue Mar 23 17:35:50 GMT 2010

On Tue, 2010-03-23 at 13:57 +0100, David Planella wrote:
> Hi Dylan,

> > While I think you don't have to file a bug about it right now, it would
> > be very helpful if you could tell us some more about the changes, so we
> > can decide whether they are worth breaking translations at this point.
> > For example, I'd be interested to know:
> > 
> >       * Which packages would be affected (the Ubuntu Slideshow, the
> >         Kubuntu Slideshow, the Xubuntu Slideshow, the Upgrade Slideshow,
> >         all)?
> > 
> >       * Which exact strings would be affected and how?
> > 
> Have you had the chance to look at this?
> Thanks!
> Regards,
> David.

Hi David!

Sorry about the delay; I should have responded to this earlier,
especially since I actually do have a list :o

So, I have this going on in a bzr branch:

And I have a snapshot of that on the web:

And there is a discussion about this in the Ubuntu forum and the
project's mailing list. I'm hoping to catch errors nice and quickly.

This is ONLY the Ubuntu slideshow that I'm playing with, though there
are some recent string changes for the Xubuntu and Kubuntu ones as well,
which should probably be discussed separately.

Of the 52 strings total, this is changing 21 right now with another 4
changes possibly coming.

Here are the current changes, ordered by their importance:

welcome.html - 2 changes
Rewrite last two lines. Remove copied / pasted Ubuntu Promise stuff. Say
something interesting.

installing-software.html - 4 changes
Full rewrite to fit new features and to not encourage installing third
party software

ubuntuone.html - 4 changes
Will be changing, though I don't have the strings yet; they're coming
from someone else. I am assuming that it'll be 4 brand new strings
replacing the 5 current.

empathy.html - 4 changes
Title changed to “Social from the start.” Could use a better name...

media.html - 3 changes
Well, really, 1 string removed and merged into the others, so 2 changed
strings are left ;) Mentions music store. “MP3 player” changed to
“portable media player” along with a possibly dubious claim (should it
be removed?) that it works with most iPods.

openoffice.html - 3 changes
Learn › Understand.
“It can create”, not “use it to.” “Letters” › “Documents”.
A little bit of swing for the last line.

fspot.html - 1 change
New, shorter, less insane title

firefox.html - 1 change
In last bullet point: “Add your own personal note with addons” changed
to “Give Firefox your own personal touch with addons.”
Still not great, but I hopefully makes more sense.

evolution.html - 3 changes
Includes a change to title and two other strings. Removed an occurrence
of the sales voice that was in the middle line and simplified the
over-complicated email setup stuff. People shouldn't need to worry about
what kind of email account they have here.

Ideally I would have liked to rewrite accessibility.html and tinker with
the last slide, but the changes are already pretty heavy-handed and
those two don't seem to be in any urgent need.


PS: Even though all the titles are shorter now, I also made this support
multi-line titles. That fix isn't applied in that preview, but basically
you don't need to worry as much now about squeezing titles into my
character limit. The text will just span two lines where the second line
has smaller print and the edges remain nice and sharp. I hope it makes
things easier :)

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