FS#5141 - Default width of the "Advanced Settings" window

Attached to Project: OpenTTD
Opened by PaulC (PaulC) - Sunday, 08 April 2012, 18:15 GMT
Last edited by andythenorth (andythenorth) - Friday, 25 August 2017, 21:19 GMT
Type Feature Request
Category Interface
Status Closed
Assigned To No-one
Operating System All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version trunk
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No


See here for some background:

There's some concern about texts being cut off in the "Advanced Settings" window - this seems to be more or less of a problem depending on language. Yes, the window can be resized manually but it's best if that's not necessary. I measure the default width of that window as 450px, so even with the resolution set to 640*480 there is plenty of room to increase that.

For example, the window would need to be about 594px wide to show all texts in full using the Croatian translation; for the Turkish Translation it would need to be more than 640px. Now those are some more extreme examples, and I appreciate that there's no "one size fits all" solution, but any increase would surely be of benefit. Even the English translations - which I assume are used more than any other - need at least 506px using OGFX.
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Closed by  andythenorth (andythenorth)
Friday, 25 August 2017, 21:19 GMT
Reason for closing:  Won't implement
Additional comments about closing:  Thanks for report Paul. Most practical solution is to rely on translators to do the right thing here for each translated language. I can't think of any practical measures to enforce or encourage that that aren't TMWFTLB. Rely on peer pressure and/or translators scratching their own itch.

Flyspray clean up: more than 5 years old, and not obvious what should be done with this next, so closing. If this offends, discuss with andythenorth in irc. Thanks.
Comment by Max (dadymax) - Saturday, 28 April 2012, 06:07 GMT
Maybe just add horizontal scrollbar to this window? Simple and effective...
Comment by PaulC (PaulC) - Saturday, 28 April 2012, 12:13 GMT
That too, yes. But it's no less simple to increase the width, and I would prefer to see that done as well.
Comment by Alberth (Alberth) - Tuesday, 10 July 2012, 11:16 GMT
Is this still relevant after the changes done on the advanced settings window?
Comment by PaulC (PaulC) - Saturday, 18 August 2012, 15:14 GMT
It seems to be less of an issue than it was before, but it still applies to some languages (Turkish, Croatian, Estonian, possibly others). In some cases (Lithuanian for example) the widow is now wider than the lowest screen resolution.
Comment by Alberth (Alberth) - Monday, 20 August 2012, 19:14 GMT
Just width of text is a pretty useless measure perhaps, it also depends on how it is phrased.
That it, I can write a long and wordy English sentence expressing something, I can also write a shorter one.

Given that some languages already have a too wide window, I don't see many options to extend further. Poking the translators to reduce the sentence length might be a better solution here.
Comment by Max (dadymax) - Wednesday, 10 October 2012, 07:39 GMT
agreed with Albeth comment. Simple is better - shortcut for Occam's razor :)

And, as I can remember, there are tooltips available for each string. If you need to show more info that fit into width - make tooltip.