App Switcher (Alt+Tab) doesn't display the full title of apps in Chinese

Bug #830801 reported by Ding Zhou on 2011-08-22
This bug affects 20 people
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Andrea Azzarone
unity (Ubuntu)
Andrea Azzarone
Andrea Azzarone

Bug Description

SRU case


System is Ubuntu 11.10 with latest update.

As the screenshot attached, the title of GNOME Terminal in Chinese should be "终端", but only "终" is showed. Other title is ok, such as "Firefox网络浏览".

I think there's something wrong while dealing with the text ellipsis.

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Ding Zhou (tualatrix) wrote :
Paul Sladen (sladen) wrote :

I tried to see if there was an easy way to replicate this in a non-CJK environment with eg:

  echo -n -e "\033]2;终端\007" ; sleep 10

but that didn't work as the New Alt-Tab Switcher is showing the Application title and not the window title.

Ding Zhou (tualatrix) wrote :

Thanks for your comment.

So I create a script to show a GTK App named "终端" to help test, please have a try :)

Ding Zhou (tualatrix) wrote :

Oh, it is more convenient to use zenity like this:

    zenity --entry --title=终端

Omer Akram (om26er) on 2011-09-15
Changed in unity:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Ding Zhou (tualatrix) wrote :

This bug is still exist.

In Ubuntu 12.04, the "终" just becomes "终...", not the right "终端".

Elsa Wang (elsawang) wrote :

It's really ugly to display 显示桌面 as 显示桌...

summary: - App Switcher (New Alt+Tab) doesn't display the full title of apps in
- Chinese
+ App Switcher (Alt+Tab) doesn't display the full title of apps in Chinese
Anthony Wong (anthonywong) wrote :

I traced the code and suspect it is related to how DrawText in StaticCairoText.cpp uses a smaller width than expected.

In function GetTextExtents, for the case of a gnome-terminal window, logRect.width returns from pango_layout_get_extents is 28800. As PANGO_SCALE is 1024, variable width (logRect.width/PANGO_SCALE) is 28 as it's an int.

Later on in function DrawText, the value of variable width is used for pango_layout_set_width for the same text, which I think is not enough and thus ellipsis shows.

I am not familiar with pango but hopes this gives a direction to where the problem lies.

Omer Akram (om26er) on 2012-03-01
Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Low
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Anthony Wong (anthonywong) wrote :

IHMO, this is a severe usability bug which affects all users who has Chinese as the UI language, so I think it should deserve High -- "a bug that has a severe impact on a small portion of Ubuntu users (estimated) or has a moderate impact on a large portion of Ubuntu users (estimated) ", could you re-evaluate the Importance? Anyway, I or Tualatrix will try to come up with a patch.

Ding Zhou (tualatrix) wrote :

I just tested with another example with long *English* title: seems the bug is not only happened in Chinese locale:

Please open your terminal then try this one line code:

python -c 'from gi.repository import Gtk;win=Gtk.Window(title="Hello World! I come from the earth, where are you come from?");win.connect("destroy", Gtk.main_quit);win.show_all();Gtk.main();'

Omer Akram (om26er) on 2012-03-01
Changed in unity:
importance: Low → Medium
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Low → Medium
David Barth (dbarth) wrote :

Thanks for the code review. Sounds like something for Mirco'san.

Mirco Müller (macslow) on 2012-03-07
Changed in unity:
assignee: nobody → Mirco Müller (macslow)
milestone: none → backlog
Anthony Wong (anthonywong) wrote :

This patch can fix this bug.

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tags: added: patch
Anthony Wong (anthonywong) wrote :
Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

@Anthony, I think a bzr branch to lp:unity would have a far more chance for more eyes to view your work.

Andrea Azzarone (azzar1) on 2012-04-14
Changed in unity:
assignee: Mirco Müller (macslow) → Andrea Azzarone (andyrock)
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Andrea Azzarone (andyrock)
Changed in unity:
milestone: backlog → 5.12.0
status: Confirmed → In Progress
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → In Progress
Andrea Azzarone (azzar1) wrote :

@Anthony Thank you for the patch but we can use std::ceil. Look here:

Andrea Azzarone (azzar1) on 2012-04-18
Changed in unity:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Omer Akram (om26er) on 2012-04-26
description: updated
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2012-04-27
Changed in unity:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released

Hello Ding, or anyone else affected,

Accepted unity into precise-proposed. The package will build now and be available in a few hours. Please test and give feedback here. See for documentation how to enable and use -proposed. Thank you in advance!

tags: added: verification-needed
Anthony Wong (anthonywong) wrote :

The 5.12-0ubuntu1 unity in -proposed does fix the issue, thanks.

tags: added: verification-done
removed: verification-needed
Ding Zhou (tualatrix) wrote :

I can confirm the Unity 5.12 has already fixed this issue. Thanks.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :
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This bug was fixed in the package unity - 5.12-0ubuntu1

unity (5.12-0ubuntu1) precise-proposed; urgency=low

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Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Changed in unity (Ubuntu Precise):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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