From: Tristan Mc Leay <kesuari@ya...> - 2004-06-27 09:19:21
Arnaud CALVO wrote:
> When I have some icons in a filer window, and somme of them have a long
> name, and some don't, there are problems in the display of these files ;
> I have something like that (the first icon is a standard folder icon,
> and the second one is a big thumbnail) :
> And when you have lot of images and short & long file names, the
> display's horrible !
> Perhaps it'd be possible to align text *on top*, like this :
That sounds like a reasonable idea to me. I agree that it looks dodgy/
iffy as it stands. I would also like to see free placement/unordered
icons and irregular sizes round icons. It seems silly to me that when
you have one really long filename that goes on and on for ever in one
folder for whatever reason, all the files with short names have a huge
amount of space after them.
> Or perhaps truncate the filename display :
No! Never! Not while I'm alive!
> And for the text : why does the filer cuts words, like I did here, in
> the middle of a word :
> Wouldn't this be better ? :
I think that's just because the Filer (or pango/Xft/gtk perhaps) doesn't
know where to break words with underscores. If you'd named the file
'beginning of the filename and the end is near but its not here yet now
yes.jpg', you would've got:
and the end
is near but
its not here
yet now yes.
If you live in a mostly graphical environment you mostly don't have to
worry about spaces in filenames. Only broken programs can't understand
them (though they may need to be escaped/quoted on the console and other
similar environments). If you still can't afford spaces, hyphens and
full stops (- and ., resp.) work fine for moi...
> I don't know if it is fine in english, but in french, we don't cut words
> anywhere ! We can't write this :
> on ne peut pas co
> uper au milieu d'un mot
> But we must do this, if we must cut the word :
> on ne peut pas cou-
> per au milieu d'un mot
> Your ideas ?
The idea of not randomly breaking words and using hyphens instead
holds in English, too, but the exact details of where the hyphen
goes differs between just about every language that does hyphen-
ate. I find the chances of a filemanager hyphenating properly
would be minuscule at best. Probably best to allow breaking at
underscores... (I'd hate to see the Thai line breaking algo-
rithms ---if it's possible to have algorithms for Thai--- imple-
mented in a filemanager!)
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