[Slackbuilds-users] Proper Method to Categorize Desktop Apps

B. Watson urchlay at slackware.uk
Mon May 2 15:19:49 UTC 2022

On Mon, 2 May 2022, Konrad J Hambrick wrote:

> One thing I've noticed is that .desktop internationalization among the SBo
> Packages is spotty at best.
> This would be one way to start addressing  that 'need' -- all we need is an
> army of volunteer translators :)

Ideally, any translations in the .desktop file for a project would go
to the upstream devs, instead of just being on SBo.

I've always thought the trouble with translations is that there
aren't that many bilingual people... and even fewer tri- or more. If
I want to support 10 languages, that probably means I need 10
translators... and if it's my project and I only speak one language,
how do I verify that the translations from those 10 translators are
any good? I can take their word for it, but some people are more
micro-managerish than that.

Machine translations have improved in recent years. I wonder if any of
the big desktop environments (gnome/kde/etc) have given any thought to
auto-translating the contents of .desktop files? The results might be
worse than useless though.

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