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#8509 closed defect (bug) (fixed)

Grammar in disabled gears text

Reported by: mrmist Owned by:
Milestone: 2.7 Priority: normal
Severity: trivial Version: 2.7
Component: General Keywords: has-patch
Focuses: Cc:

Description

The grammar in the dialogue when Gears is denied grates on my delicate sensibilities. Attached a quick patch for it.

Attachments (2)

tools.diff (1.3 KB) - added by filosofo 5 years ago.
tools.patch (1.3 KB) - added by mrmist 5 years ago.
tools patch

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Change History (9)

comment:1 filosofo5 years ago

I don't think a nominalization combined with the passive voice is a great improvement. How about this?

'Your browser’s settings do not permit this website to use Google Gears.'

filosofo5 years ago

comment:2 mrmist5 years ago

Yes, that's much better.

comment:3 markjaquith5 years ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

(In [10109]) Less Engrish-y Gears Denied text from mrmist and filosofo. fixes #8509

comment:4 follow-up: DD325 years ago

Your browser’s settings do not permit this website to use Google Gears.

Wasn't it decided to call Gears by its product name 'Gears' rather than by 'Google Gears'?

comment:5 in reply to: ↑ 4 filosofo5 years ago

Replying to DD32:

Wasn't it decided to call Gears by its product name 'Gears' rather than by 'Google Gears'?

"Google Gears" is how Google refers to its own app in the same situation in its own documentation:
http://code.google.com/apis/gears/gears_faq.html#bestGearsPerms

This site would like to use Google Gears to enable fast...

It makes sense in this case especially because when it hasn't been approved yet someone is more likely not to know what "Gears" means.

comment:6 DD325 years ago

"Google Gears" is how Google refers

It was originally called "Google Gears" but later renamed to just "Gears" (To reflect it was a general-web thing, not specifically a Google item)

See #6965 and http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/05/happy-birthday-google-gears.html (For the rename)

mrmist5 years ago

tools patch

comment:7 filosofo5 years ago

Right, but what I'm saying is that the first time a user encounters it, it would be good to provide the domain in which the term belongs.

We do the same for other applications when the name is generic, for example calling it "Word" after making it clear that the context is "Microsoft Word." Otherwise people might think "Gears" within WordPress refers to something particular to WP, even though it has other meanings. Like "Widget."

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