[sane-devel] scanimage and option titles

Jeffrey Ratcliffe jeffrey.ratcliffe at gmail.com
Sat May 18 21:18:48 UTC 2013

GUIs often either use the SANE API directly, or control a scanner by
wrapping scanimage.

Generally, there is no advantage in using scanimage, as it is slower,
but in certain situations, for instance remote access, it is not
possible to use the SANE API directly. Also, debugging a backend
problem is much easier with scanimage.

The major visual difference for the user in these two interface
methods, is that, apart from groups, scanimage does not expose the
option titles. As the option names are not translated, a GUI therefore
cannot use the sane-backend translations and has to use its own.

This could all be avoided if scanimage were to expose the option
titles. The translations from sane-backends could be used, and the two
interface methods would look the same.

I therefore propose an additional option for scanimage that exposes
the option title in the --help output.

Is a patch for scanimage along these lines likely to be accepted?



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