Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 174222
Release Notes in Installer contain strange escape characters
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:17 EST
Description of problem:
During graphical installation of FC5t1, the Release Notes have escape characters
like \001 as well as other strange characters (eg bulleted lists use an 'o'
character, it doesn't look right in plain text).
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Click 'Release Notes' button during installation
Either the Release Notes viewer should strip out/replace these characters, or
display the text with bold sections and proper bulleted lists.
Can you provide a specific escape character example? I am seeing the open and
closed circles for bulleted lists, but I'm not seeing escape characters such as
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Photo of escape character on screen
Attaching a few photos I took of the screen. Apologies in advance for the
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Example of 'o' for dot-points
Either the spacing between the 'o' and the text should be improved, or it
should be replaced by another character like * or -.
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Another photo of escape character
As well as the escape char, this one shows the heavy use of 's throughout the
release notes; is this intentional?
Sorry for the poor image quality.
OK, I see some of the same things now here. The problem you are describing is
due to a few factors. First, the release notes viewer in anaconda is a gtkhtml2
widget. Release notes for RHEL are distributed as HTML files in all supported
languages. If the release notes are available in HTML, anaconda displays that
as is. If we only have the UTF-8 text file called 'RELEASE-NOTES', anaconda
wraps it in HTML pre tags and displays it as preformatted text.
The easiest fix would be for Fedora releases to start including HTML versions of
the release notes. I don't know if that's doable, but what I'm working on right
now is to make the UTF-8 text version of the release notes a little more
readable in the HTML viewer.
I'll follow up with you after I make a little more progress on this.
I have increased the size of the release notes dialog to take the entire screen.
This should make it a little easier to read. As far as marking up the text in
the installer, that's not the right place. I have contacted the doc team to ask
about an HTML version of the release notes which would look much nicer. FC 1
through 3 had that, but FC 4 did not. Hopefully it's just a simple thing to