[wp-hackers] Too much translation files

Frank Bueltge frank at bueltge.de
Thu Feb 16 07:27:54 UTC 2012

Hello Dion,
thanks for this reply and outlook.

Yes, i think the traffic for language and image files is often only a
small part; but more and more plugins have great documentation,readme
and screenshots on the wp-repo; its great and usefull.
Maybe its possible to add screenshots, only for this documentaion on
the repo to add to the assets folder; there is not in the focus of an

On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM, Dion Hulse (dd32) <wordpress at dd32.id.au> wrote:
>> On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 2:23 AM, Diana K. Cury <dianakac at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Before suggest this in Ideas, I want to ask you, there's no way to avoid plugins and themes to send all translation files with it?
>>> I noticed that some themes and plugins comes with a bunch of translation files (i.e polldaddy) why not sent only the one matching the locale? At least for when downloading through WP panels.
>>> Sorry if I'm saying non-sense :)
> Given time, Language Packs will solve this, as translations will be
> decoupled from plugins and themes.
> Due to the way the plugin zip builder and API works, it's not feasable
> to rewrite it and make a new zip for each language (which isn't always
> stored in a consistent folder) given the changes LP will make over the
> next year.
> On 16 February 2012 18:03, Frank Bueltge <frank at bueltge.de> wrote:
>> +1; same issue please for screenshots-xx.png
>> not usefull for automatic install via backend, different webspaces
>> have problems with to much files; but this files are not usefull for
>> the activation on install.
> For Plugins, I agree, that they're mostly useless at present, but some
> plugins use, and expect them to be present. As a result, the new Image
> Headers on WordPress.org are stored in an assets folder instead of the
> plugins folder, so that the extra images are not pushed to installs..
> There'll probably be more enhancements on that in time, but in
> general, screenshots can be compressed to ~50kb each as they're not
> usually large images (and are only displayed as reasonably small
> images), overall, they can make up a smaller percentage of the size
> than you may think.
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