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[bug-gettext] [sr #108887] Icon= in .desktop files

From: Piotr Drąg
Subject: [bug-gettext] [sr #108887] Icon= in .desktop files
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2018 14:50:23 -0400 (EDT)
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Follow-up Comment #6, sr #108887 (project gettext):

> Icons are generally considered as locale-dependent for three reasons:
> - Icons may contain signs that are considered rude in some cultures.

I would argue those icons should be avoided altogether.

> - Icons may need to be mirrored for right-to-left locales.

This seems like something concerning icons in UI more than application icons.

> - Icons may contain text strings (a bad practice, but anyway).

Same as the first one.

> So, the question should rather be: What is the problem that it causes to
translators? If the icon is fine, translators can just leave the original
value in place, no?

We started adding a comment to every .desktop file in GNOME asking translators
to copy the string instead of translating it, and while it seems to have
lowered the amount of incorrectly “translated” icons, it has not stopped
them. Every release someone (developer, maintainer, or usually me) has to
manually fix numerous translations to not point to non-existent files.


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