[squeak-dev] [Krestianstvo] CameraPlugin and general accessibility

Nikolay Suslov nsuslovi at gmail.com
Mon Nov 8 23:20:27 UTC 2010

Hello Hans-Martin,

Sorry for so late response..
Your comments and observations are very valuable, thank you very much!

On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 12:33 PM, Hans-Martin Mosner <hmm at heeg.de> wrote:

> For the last couple of days I've been experimenting with the
> Krestianstvo image and I'm really impressed!
> Here's one nit that I found while trying out the camera functionality:
> On Linux, the method CameraPlugin class>>loadPluginResourcesOnX
> downloads the camera plugin but saves it under the name
> 'so.CameraPlugin'. However, the VM will not load it under this name (as
> it is looking for 'CamerPlugin'). This should be fixed. After manually
> renaming the plugin, the camera functionality works really nice!
I'll check it, thanks.

And then there's the general accessibility problem: I (as many others)
> don't speak russian. I can barely remember the phonetic equivalent of a
> number of cyrillic letters, so at least I can transliterate some words,
> but the meaning escapes me.
> For UI labels, that would not be a big problem, but reading code and
> trying to modify it becomes enormously difficult if you don't understand
> the words...
> There is a technical problem hidden which makes language switching even
> more complicated: Krestianstvo uses cyrillic letters for some file
> names, and that breaks as soon as you switch the locale to 'en' where a
> Latin1 environment is assumed. This is not really Krestianstvo's fault,
> as the filename encoding should actually be platform and filesystem
> dependent, not locale dependent.
As an urgent solution for the problem, I force Krestianstvo to use
RussianEnvironment encoding scheme in En locale, instead of
Latin1Environment. But just scheme, this means, that switching to English
locale will cause Squeak to use pure En templates in Class definitions
(Class browser and tools) and using En vocabulary in strings as in default
Squeak. Update is available in update stream.

I fear that this is a big hurdle for adopting Nikolay's impressive work
> and experimenting with it.
However, I have no idea how this could be fixed (without investing quite
> a bit of time, which I can't offer at the moment).
> Cheers,
> Hans-Martin
Thanks for your interest!

Best regards,
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