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bug #21710: Add inspirational descriptions or quotes to each technology in ruleset

Submitted by:  Andreas Røsdal <andreasr>
Submitted on:  Sun 23 Feb 2014 09:18:46 AM UTC  
 
Category: rulesetsSeverity: 3 - Normal
Priority: 5 - NormalStatus: None
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Sun 04 May 2014 02:42:38 PM UTC, comment #3:

The generated messages mentioned in comment #1 are probably more properly the domain of bug #14210, whereas this is more about additional static text to be presented for each technology.

Emmet Hikory <persia>
Project Member
Sun 23 Feb 2014 12:51:42 PM UTC, comment #2:

> I always liked the railroad message ...

Patch #4405 discusses a problem we're about to have with the railroad message. Perhaps it's of interest to your goals too.

> Further, we could concider adding images to each tech to be
> shown as well. [...] Images are already there..

Indeed, they are, but underused -- you only ever see them in the help.

> And a generated message of "You can now build this and
> that and foo and bar ...".

I have some vague thoughts on how we can improve the built-in autogenerated help with hyperlinks, which might help with this too. I should find time to write them up.

> Now I want to make a suggestion for the realisation. This is to
> provide a form of default 'inspirational descriptions'. This is
> because most rulesets have a large set of common techs and
> you'll end up put the same descriptions everywere. Also, the
> slightest difference between rulesets bring these texts two- or
> multifold in the translation file.

This problem isn't unique to these messages, though -- we have to work quite hard to make existing ruleset descriptions not diverge unnecessarily across the many rulesets we ship. So I don't think we should invent some new solution just for one aspect of rulesets.

I'm strongly inclined not to try to solve that problem by having pools of strings, meaning we have to think up names for each string -- something the gettext approach to i18n avoids, which I'm rather glad of.
Rather, I'd prefer to investigate ways to make discrepancies more obvious -- some check that developers (and maybe ruleset editors) can run to see if they've introduced new divergent strings, reports on strings indexed by similarity, that sort of thing.
For instance, I've vaguely wondered about freeciv-ruledit being able to flag how many translations are available in currently loaded localisations for the currently entered string in an edit box (and maybe suggest similar strings?)

(The inspirational messages sound like a bit of an l10n nightmare to me. Also, we're not going to be able to get Leonard Nimoy to read them out for us. Maybe RMS? <-- JOKE)

Jacob Nevins <jtn>
Project Administrator
Sun 23 Feb 2014 10:25:31 AM UTC, comment #1:

And a generated message of "You can now build this and that and foo and bar ...".

This one is "for free", so the inspirational text can focus on something beyond. I always liked the railroad message ... (besides the formatting is wrong).

Images are already there..

Now I want to make a suggestion for the realisation. This is to provide a form of default 'inspirational descriptions'. This is because most rulesets have a large set of common techs and you'll end up put the same descriptions everywere. Also, the slightest difference between rulesets bring these texts two- or multifold in the translation file.

Christian Knoke <chrisk>
Project Member
Sun 23 Feb 2014 09:18:46 AM UTC, original submission:

I suggest we add support for some inspirational descriptions or quotes to each technology in the ruleset. This text could be displayed in the research dialog once the technology has been fully researched. Further, we could concider adding images to each tech to be shown as well.

Andreas Røsdal <andreasr>
Project Member

 

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