Bug#467415: debian-installer: new way of displaying information
Subject: debian-installer: new way of displaying information
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-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
APT prefers testing
APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.22-3-686 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=pt_PT.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=pt_PT.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
As can be seen on , it can happen that translated strings do not fit
into installer window. Currently there is no way that i could figure out
to show the entire string.
This is a problem since users of specific languages may not be able to
know exactly what an option does.
Although this is shown only on this screen, I figure it can also happen
in some other places.
I'd like to suggest that thought is put into this issue trying to find a
universal solution for this problem.
My suggestion would be to make the information part extensible. I can
think of two ways for doing this:
* list the options and only show information (on some other pane or
whatever) on the selected entry. This would make people have to go
through the options to know what they are, but at least they would know
what they are.
* have some way of scrolling the text that doesnt fit. When selected, an
option's text could scroll so that it shows the hidden text.
I'm submitting this wishlist because even if we can shrink the text to
fit the screen (in this particular case, we could find a way to do it),
in some languages and/or situations this can be crippling for the
If we really want an international Debian, we should take care of all
I think this request only applies to the newt interface (even though i
havent, yet, tested how it shows on the gtk one).