Unclear lenght restrictions on translations

Simos Xenitellis simos.lists at googlemail.com
Fri Apr 6 10:47:04 UTC 2012

On Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM, Redmar <redmar at ubuntu-nl.org> wrote:
> Hello translators,
> A number of programs don't work well with translations that are larger
> than the English original, leading to truncated translations in the
> interface.
> I've filed bugs for the following programs, but the fixes probably won't
> land for Precise. I would therefore advice all of you to check if the
> same bugs occur for your language, and if possible change the
> translations to work around them.
> Gnome control center, length restriction of 13 characters for a single
> word: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gtk+3.0/+bug/819994
> Ubuntu one control panel, 17 characters total for the connect/disconnect
> button. 18 characters single word restriction for the description field
> above the button:
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntuone-control-panel/+bug/946626
> Unity help overlay (hold down super/windows key), 22 character
> restriction for the key combination column, and 42 character restriction
> for the description:
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity/+bug/975018
> If you know of more programs that have this problem, please reply here
> so we can all try to fix the translations.

Dialog boxes/wizards with several tabs take a maximum window size so
that it fits all tabs.
For example, if a dialog box has five tabs, and tab No 4 is laid out
with a single line textbox,
and when translated this text box becomes too wide, then the whole
dialog box becomes wide enough to accommodate tab No4 and the
single-line textbox.

This is a common case with Evolution dialog boxes (Preferences, Add
new account).


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