[systemd-devel] [PATCH] Use normal English elide in place of ellipsize

Václav Pavlín vpavlin at redhat.com
Wed Feb 5 00:37:10 PST 2014

On 4.2.2014 20:43, Lennart Poettering wrote:
> On Tue, 04.02.14 15:45, Barry Scott (barry.scott at onelan.co.uk) wrote:
>> On Tue 04 Feb 2014 19:36:34 Andrey Borzenkov wrote:
>>> В Tue,  4 Feb 2014 15:31:58 +0000
>>> Barry Scott <barry.scott at onelan.co.uk> пишет:
>>>> Change the messages output and also all internal
>>>> function names and variables to match.
>>> As a non-native English speaker I must admit ellipsize was more
>>> understandable. I am not sure I would understand "elide" if it was not
>>> used in this context.
>> Ellipsize is not in any dictionary for any language.
> Note that "ellipsize" is what gtk uses for this kind of thing:
> https://developer.gnome.org/gtk3/stable/GtkLabel.html#gtk-label-set-ellipsize
> Pango calls this "ellipsize" too:
> https://developer.gnome.org/pango/stable/pango-Layout-Objects.html#pango-layout-set-ellipsize
> And so does Android:
> http://developer.android.com/reference/android/widget/TextView.html#setEllipsize%28android.text.TextUtils.TruncateAt%29
> Quite frankly, I am pretty strongly against introducing new vocabulary
> here, if the word "ellipsize" appears to be pretty universally
> established for this kind of thing... I mean, this is not something new
> we are invented, this simply reused pre-existing technical wording...
> Lennart
I am not a native speaker but I understood word "ellipsize" on the first 
sight as I've seen/heard word "ellipsis" before. So IMHO the meaning 
here is much more obvious then for the word "elide". WRT links Lennart 
sent above I would vote for ellipsizing rather than eliding strings.


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