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From: "Boyd Stephen Smith Jr." <bss03@××××××××××.net>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] Using LINGUAS on a per package basis like with USE
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 21:41:23
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-user] Using LINGUAS on a per package basis like with USE by Fernando Canizo
1 On Wednesday 22 November 2006 13:06, Fernando Canizo <conan@××××××××××.ar>
2 wrote about 'Re: [gentoo-user] Using LINGUAS on a per package basis like
3 with USE':
4 > BTW, if someone gets curious about why I'll want to do something like
5 > this, I'll explain: I get very annoyed by the translation teams. They
6 > not only translate menus, which is ok, but also hotkeys! So if you're
7 > accustomed to use english version of openoffice, the day you switch to
8 > spanish version you're doomed, you have to learn everything from scratch
9 > because they screwed hotkeys.
10 >
11 > I don't know why they do that. Maybe they will reply that one associates
12 > function names with hotkey combination so ctrl-o for english "open" and
13 > ctrl-a for spanish "abrir".
14 >
15 > But I think that given the ammount of possible bindings is just a waste
16 > of time. In the end one just learn the bindings and don't care about if
17 > it has something to do with the function name.
18 >
19 > Please drop that policy. Get programs translated but left hotkeys alone
20 > in the name of portability. (portability of my knowledge).
22 IMHO, you are wrong. Translating hotkeys increases usability for new
23 users, by reducing the semantic distance between the name of the action
24 and it's hotkey. However, such translation doesn't not reduce usability
25 for experienced users, since they can remap the hotkeys. (I'm assuming
26 the application provides a method it remap hotkeys.)
28 Unfortunately I think your situation (having learned the hotkeys for
29 another language, but being unwilling or unable to remap the hotkeys) is
30 rare enough to be discounted.
32 --
33 "If there's one thing we've established over the years,
34 it's that the vast majority of our users don't have the slightest
35 clue what's best for them in terms of package stability."
36 -- Gentoo Developer Ciaran McCreesh