[vlc-devel] [PATCH 01/10] Enable secondary SPU ES and selection from the GUI

Roland Bewick roland.bewick at gmail.com
Mon May 6 08:57:27 CEST 2019

On 6/05/2019 12:44 PM, Jean-Baptiste Kempf wrote:
> Roland,
> On Mon, 6 May 2019, at 05:54, Roland Bewick wrote:
>> My main concern here is the following scenario, considering that the
>> majority of people are not interested in using dual subtitles:
>> 1. Install clean copy of VLC (or reset your settings)
>> 2. Open .MKV or other video type that has multiple embedded subtitle
>> languages.
>> 3. By default, the first sub track will be selected because "Preferred
>> Subtitle Language" is unset in VLC preferences.
>> 4. The selected sub track may not be the subtitle language you want, but
>> you do want subtitles. (See https://prnt.sc/nkvxir - I can't speak
>> Arabic, but I do want English subtitles)
>> 5. I select English subtitles. Now *both* Arabic and English subtitles
>> are selected. Also: English is marked as secondary, and Arabic is marked
>> as primary because it was selected first.
> Nope.
> You need, in the UI, to have a button that is called "activate 2nd subtitle", and this changes the selection from a radio to checkboxes.
> Until you activate that button/checkbox, the choice is exclusive. After that, it is not.

That sounds more user-friendly to me.

Apologies - I took the screenshot with VLC 3.0.6. For reference here are 
two screenshots (primary + secondary selection) in the latest build.



VLC 4.X's new GUI uses checkboxes by default (I didn't modify this). 
Will adding the new "activate 2nd subtitle" button be sufficient in 
regards to this feature?


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