Bug 174222 - Release Notes in Installer contain strange escape characters
Summary: Release Notes in Installer contain strange escape characters
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda
Version: 5
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Cantrell
QA Contact: Mike McLean
Depends On:
Blocks: FC5Blocker
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-11-26 03:15 UTC by n0dalus
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:11 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2005-11-29 16:46:40 UTC
Type: ---

Attachments (Terms of Use)
Photo of escape character on screen (54.50 KB, image/jpeg)
2005-11-29 03:17 UTC, n0dalus
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Example of 'o' for dot-points (52.92 KB, image/jpeg)
2005-11-29 03:21 UTC, n0dalus
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Another photo of escape character (46.04 KB, image/jpeg)
2005-11-29 03:25 UTC, n0dalus
no flags Details

Description n0dalus 2005-11-26 03:15:50 UTC
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

Expected Behaviour:
Either the Release Notes viewer should strip out/replace these characters, or
display the text with bold sections and proper bulleted lists.

Comment 1 David Cantrell 2005-11-28 18:25:06 UTC
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


Comment 2 n0dalus 2005-11-29 03:17:46 UTC
Created attachment 121566 [details]
Photo of escape character on screen

Attaching a few photos I took of the screen. Apologies in advance for the

Comment 3 n0dalus 2005-11-29 03:21:05 UTC
Created attachment 121567 [details]
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 -.

Comment 4 n0dalus 2005-11-29 03:25:20 UTC
Created attachment 121568 [details]
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.

Comment 5 David Cantrell 2005-11-29 15:07:36 UTC
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.

Comment 6 David Cantrell 2005-11-29 16:46:40 UTC
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

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