pidgin-themes: package description review
Tags: l10n patch
The package description for pidgin-themes is in pidgin-English.
# Package: pidgin-themes
# Architecture: all
# Depends: pidgin
(I don't see why this needs to be any stronger than "Suggests", but
I'll leave it.)
# Description: Smiley themes collection for pidgin
Mostly okay. DevRef recommends not capitalising the first word as if
the synopsis was a sentence, and on the other hand, there's a good
argument for capitalising Pidgin (meaning the app, not the Debian
package), but I wouldn't bother if I wasn't already editing it.
# This package provides few differents smiley theme for Pidgin
Non-native-speakerish misuse of "few" for "a few, several"; distinctly
franglais mis-pluralised "differents", and compensatory unpluralised
"theme"; missing punctuation.
There's no need to say the themes are different anyway; what would be
the point of a collection of identical themes? And to help people
who are searching with the wrong keywords, I would recommend not
just repeating the words "smiley theme"; instead you could talk
about "some alternative sets of emoticons". Here in the long
description there's also room for a couple of words to explain what
Pidgin is for readers who don't happen to know.
# They have been downloaded from http://gaim.sourceforge.net
Subtly non-native-speakerish present-perfect construction; out-of-date
URL (it now redirects to http://www.pidgin.im/, which shows no sign of
hosting any downloadable themes).
# and from http://www.gnome-look.org/
Mildly redundant preposition; mildly out-of-date URL (it shouldn't
start with "www.", but at least the site does still host Pidgin smiley
themes); missing punctuation.
My revised version guesses that most of the themes come from
gnome-look; I would have hoped I'd be able to check this by reading
the Copyright file, but that just gives a single list of upstream
# It includes only free themes.
This paragraph is redundant; it's in Debian main, so users are
entitled to take it for granted that it's 100% DFSG-free.
# Homepage: http://www.pidgin.im/
There's already a bugreport (#615239) to say that this should be a
Homepage: field in the source stanza instead of a pseudoheader; but
http://www.pidgin.im isn't in any particularly clear sense the home
page for gaim-themes anyway. If there's a generic home for themes
for Pidgin, I would have guessed it was http://pidgin-themes.org.
My proposed revised version:
Description: smiley themes collection for Pidgin
This package provides some alternative sets of emoticons for the Pidgin
instant messaging client, mostly downloaded from http://gnome-look.org/.
JBR with qualifications in linguistics, experience as a Debian
sysadmin, and probably no clue about this particular package
diff -ru gaim-themes-0.2.pristine/debian/control gaim-themes-0.2/debian/control
--- gaim-themes-0.2.pristine/debian/control 2012-12-06 15:50:33.000000000 +0000
+++ gaim-themes-0.2/debian/control 2012-12-06 17:16:48.823046355 +0000
@@ -8,14 +8,10 @@
-Description: Smiley themes collection for pidgin
- This package provides few differents smiley theme for Pidgin
- They have been downloaded from http://gaim.sourceforge.net
- and from http://www.gnome-look.org/
- It includes only free themes.
- Homepage: http://www.pidgin.im/
+Description: smiley themes collection for Pidgin
+ This package provides some alternative sets of emoticons for the Pidgin
+ instant messaging client, mostly downloaded from http://gnome-look.org/.