PrintDlgEx [2/7]: Add basic dialog.

Michael Stefaniuc mstefani at
Fri Sep 19 16:16:09 CDT 2008

Detlef Riekenberg wrote:
> On Do, 2008-09-18 at 09:58 +0200, Michael Stefaniuc wrote:
>> there is no point in adding new resources in English to the other
>> languages rc files. If a resource doesn't exist Win32 will automatically
>> fail over to use the en_US version.
> According to julliard a while ago, this is not the case.
> Strings for sure will not fallback, when a group is present, but
> incomplete.
> (The last digit of the resource-id is the index in the group)
> For dialogs, I'm not sure, how large the group is.
Dialogs are one resource. Stringtables are the oddballs as 16 strings 
form a resource. I was talking of adding new resources and explicitly 
not amending existing ones. And the patch was adding 2 new dialogs so 
there was no point of confusing Gal with the stringtables as those 
weren't part of the patch.

>> Actually its even detrimental to add the new resources as:
>> a.) cannot show those
>> resources as untranslated.
> That's a known missing feature
A missing feature for which there is *no* complete solution. There are 
small resources with only 1-2 strings to translate. E.g. a lot of 
languages took over "Ok". Now how do you decide if that is untranslated 
or if the translation happens to be the exact same as the en_US version?

>> b.) The copied English resources have a tendency to bit-rot.
> That's a known risk.
For no added benefit. I have thrown away such bit-rotted resources 
instead of fixing them and Alexandre accepted those patches.

>> c.) The patch is smaller and offers the exact same functionality.
> Smaller: Yes
> Same functionality: Not always
You are right; the smaller patch has always the better functionality. 
The stringtables being the exception here but that's why I recommended 
to use wrc with --verify-translation before and after the patch. If 
additional DIFF and ERR lines show up one knows that the other language 
resources need to be updated too. Else don't bother.


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