On Sun, 04 Nov 2007 11:09:22 +0100, Sven Neumann <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> On Fri, 2007-11-02 at 23:55 +0100, Raphaël Quinet wrote:
> > * jpeg plug-in
> >   + remove the prompt for EXIF orientation: it should always be done
> IMO the current solution of asking and allowing the user to skip this
> question is preferred. It requires a user decision once, but at least it
> doesn't force something on the user that he might not want to be done. 

The problem is that the question is not interpreted correctly by most
users, as can be seen by the other replies mentioning camera sensors that
sometimes report the wrong orientation.  It does NOT mean: "allow me to
decide if each image should be rotated".  If you do not let GIMP display
the image according to its EXIF orientation tag, then the image will not
be rotated by GIMP but its orientation tag will not be modified either,
so if you save it after making changes and then re-open it later in GIMP
or in any other program that follows the EXIF specs, then it will be
rotated and this is probably not what you want.  So you are just
delaying the inevitable: you will not see the problem in GIMP, but you
will see it later until you fix it by manually rotating the image or
clearing the EXIF orientation tag.

In other words, the question could also be rephrased like this:
  "Do you want GIMP to display the image correctly, or do you want to
   temporarily ignore the standards so that you can work on an image
   that will be displayed incorrectly by all other programs?"
Such a question does not make sense.  GIMP should just display the
image as it is meant to be displayed (according to the EXIF orientation
tag).  If the orientation was not detected correctly by the camera or
if it was incorrectly modified by some other program, then the user
should be encouraged to fix it instead of temporarily hiding the

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