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Bug#115527: marked as done (libgnome-perl: Gnome::About has authors as scaler while everything else is string)

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Package: libgnome-perl
Version: 0.7008-1
Severity: minor

Mayby its not a bug, if I'm confused I'm sorry, but this from man
Gnome::reference seems really strange:


       Gnome::About Gnome::About->new ($title, $version, $copy­
       right, $authors, $comments, $logo)

       · $title (string)
       · $version (string)
       · $copyright (string)
       · $authors (scalar)
       · $comments (string)
       · $logo (string)

Why should authos be a scalar when everything else in sight is string?

-- System Information
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux greenwood 2.4.5 #1 Sat May 26 18:32:34 AKDT 2001 i686

Versions of packages libgnome-perl depends on:
ii  gdk-imlib1                    1.9.11-3   Gdk-Imlib is an imaging library fo
ii  libart2               The Gnome canvas widget
ii  libaudiofile0                 0.2.2-2    The Audiofile Library
ii  libc6                         2.2.4-3    GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii  libdb3                        3.2.9-11   Berkeley v3 Database Libraries [ru
ii  libesd0                       0.2.22-6   Enlightened Sound Daemon - Shared 
ii  libglib1.2                    1.2.10-1.2 The GLib library of C routines
ii  libgnome32            The Gnome libraries
ii  libgnomesupport0      The Gnome libraries (Support libra
ii  libgnomeui32          The Gnome libraries (User Interfac
ii  libgtk-imlib-perl             0.7008-1   Perl module for the gdkimlib libra
ii  libgtk-perl                   0.7008-1   Perl module for the gtk+ library
ii  libgtk1.2                     1.2.10-2   The GIMP Toolkit set of widgets fo
ii  libzvt2               The Gnome zvt (zterm) widget
ii  perl                          5.6.1-5    Larry Wall's Practical Extraction 
ii  perl-base [perlapi-5.6.1]     5.6.1-5    The Pathologically Eclectic Rubbis
ii  xlibs                         4.1.0-7    X Window System client libraries

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Subject: Re: libgnome-perl: Gnome::About has authors as scaler while
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The authors parameter in the Gnome::About->new() method call is
described as a scalar in the documentation because it's capable of
taking different argument types.

If you pass a string in this parameter you get a single line of text
in the dialog box.  However if you pas an array-ref, you can include
multiple lines in the dialog box.

Unfortunately, both because of the way you do argument passing in XS
code and because most of the libgtk-perl documentation is automatic
generated, there no easy way to reflect this in the documentation.


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