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Inform user that message is too long to be displayed. #6692

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@greenjoe greenjoe commented May 30, 2017

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Currently text messages are silently cut when they are longer than 2000 characters (as mentioned in issue #5146). It can be really annoying as users may not even notice that part of message is not shown if the message is not cut half-sentence. I had this problem multiple times when my contact copied a longer text to me using Signal Desktop and I tried to read it on Android.

Resolving the issue properly probably requires a lot of work (like adding a way to display full message body or splitting large messages into smaller parts) and I believe it will take some time, especially considering that the issue mentioned is already over a year old. In the meantime I think it would be fair to inform users that part of message is not displayed so that they can resolve it with their contacts somehow (like using another communication channel or splitting the message manually).

@@ -421,6 +421,7 @@
<string name="MessageRecord_you_set_disappearing_message_time_to_s">You set disappearing message time to %1$s.</string>
<string name="MessageRecord_s_set_disappearing_message_time_to_s">%1$s set disappearing message time to %2$s.</string>
<string name="MessageRecord_your_safety_number_with_s_has_changed">Your safety number with %s has changed.</string>
<string name="MessageRecord_message_too_long">Message is too long to be displayed.</string>
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@McLoo McLoo May 31, 2017

Message is too long to be displayed completely.

maybe followed by sth. like:
n characters got truncated.
(which surely confuses ppl if the message length was MAX_DISPLAY_LENGTH+1 :D )

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@greenjoe greenjoe Jun 13, 2017

Added "completely". I think that displaying number of truncated characters would just clutter the view.

@greenjoe greenjoe force-pushed the message_too_long_info branch from 80e2ee9 to 5c3ec7f Jun 13, 2017
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@greenjoe greenjoe commented Jun 13, 2017

Rebased onto master and resolved conflicts.
When testing I noticed that Signal-Desktop now displays a nice warning "Android clients will only receive the first 2000 characters of this message" - wonderful! :)

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