Re: Fixing bug #330868 in a smart way

On Mon, 2006-06-19 at 18:39 +0800, James Henstridge wrote:
> On 19/06/06, Paolo Maggi <paolo maggi polito it> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >         I was giving a look to bug #330868 (Adding "License" button and dialog
> > to About dialog). It seems to me we are duplicating the same long
> > strings (mostly the GPL license) in most applications marking them for
> > translation in order to add a "License" button to the about dialog.
> If you intend to present localised license text, please provide a way
> to turn it off (and probably turn it off by default ...).
> Translations can introduce ambiguities or change the meaning of a
> text, which is not acceptable in the case of a legal document.  My
> agreement to license my code under the GPL does not imply my agreement
> to license it under a random translation of the GPL, so it shouldn't
> be presented as such to the user.

I don't want to show in the License dialog the entire license text but
only the good old "This program is free software... [snip]....You should
have received a copy of the GNU General Public License 
along with this program..." snippet.

I agree with you translations of license text could be problematic. But
I don't think this is the case since the text only says which is the
license and where to find it.


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