AbiWord Weekly News #87, (2002, week 15, released 2002.04.15)

Welcome to issue 87 of the AbiWord Weekly News.

We seem to have released 0.99.5, even though there wasn't much of an announcement. Anyhu, announcement or not, I've updated the links to the binaries. And you might have to hurry if you want to use 0.99.5 since 1.0 RC1 will be tagged later today (2002.04.15) and, if things pan out, 1.0 final on Thursday (2002.04.18).

This week I finished the AWN overhaul (for now) replacing the list of release binaries with Yet Another Table. Looks neater, IMO. Hope you like the new format....

If you want to help with the QA process during the 0.99.x cycle, you can find nightly builds for Windows here: http://abiword.pchasm.org/ and less frequent (but more stable builds) here: http://www.niksbiks.dk/Abi/. For Linux/GNOME you can find nightly builds here: http://pinohuis.dhs.org/uwog/abiword/. Thanks!

In this issue:

Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov

CVS Stats

CVS checkins 2002.04.08 - 2002.04.14
WhoCommitsIn summary
dom 388 Fixed some help menu bugs, bumped version number, modules version checking code (from Jesper Skov), removed old help files, fix MSVC breakage, unix file dialog tweak, abiword exporter export doctype before xml, fixed QNX crasher. Fixed Bugs 1742, 2633, and 3059.
fjfranklin 196 Install credits file, mkpkg improvements (from Gabriel Gerhardsson), install new docs, fix diving makefiles's version, abispell update (from Gabriel Gerhardsson), wv fixes (from Vladimir), BE dictionaries, Hebrew, Gaelic and Flemish language code fixes, clean up paper name space, Catalan speller fix, iconv fix, bumped plugin version numbers, removed some GNUmakefile.in files. And fixed Bug 1531.
phearbear 19 QNX stuff: packager fix for new docs, two new TTF font descriptions, columns fix, scrollbar fix, always antialias, faster font loading, added EncodingManager variant, wordcount dialog fix, options fix, and a few other tweaks. Also fixed some spellchecker options and behavior, and fixed a Makefile.
plam 15 Fixed xhtml importer segfault, fix pointer issue with images, S390 (from Gerhard Tonn), allow UT_stricmp, UT_strnicmp to use GCC implementations, revert inlining patch, save as dialog fix (from Jordi Mas). Fixed Bugs 1965 and 2918.
mpritchett 13 CygWin configure fixes, MSVC6 support, and fixed Bugs 2899 and 3072.
jeremyd 11 Got MSVC6 build to show toolbars, Win32 build fixes, Win32 paper namespace tweak, MSVC7 build fix (from Andrew Venier).
msevior 11 Added visualedit to AbiCommand, make RTF importer honor page size, AbiCommand work.
rms 8 Polish updates (from Andrzej), sv-SE update (from Per Larssen), pt_PT update, nn-NO update (from Karl Ove Hufthammer), RPM spec tweak.
jskov 3 Fix FAQ, try to fix GNOME --version output.
phma 2 French update (from Gilles Saint-Denis).
uwog 2 nl-NL update.
hub 1 Fixed Bug 2000 (from Jordi Mas)

Project Of the Week

POW (Project Of the Week) and the new uPOW (User Project Of the Week) is an attempt at attracting new developers and entice help from users by lowering the bar of entry to doing something constructive for AbiWord. A POW will describe a goal and often outline how to get there.

Presently we have a few unclaimed POWs. Please see the POW status page for more details.

uPOW2001.17Where to send AbiWord announcements
uPOW2001.09Determining Locale Status
uPOW2001.07Host for AbiWord BugDay
uPOW2001.06Update Feature and UI matrices
POW1999.47Make translated dialogs fit
uPOW1999.37CS folks wanted...

Bug Update

Here's the AbiWord bug update for the last week. If you can spare some time, please help us triage the bugs - you don't need to be a programmer to do this.

Bug Statistics

Bug stats graph

Bug Votes

These are the week's Top 20 Bugs in the categories problems and requests for enhancements. Influence next week's results by casting your own votes.

Top 20 Problems
1030333FutureInstalling AbiWord messes up fonts in other applications (e....
376791.2File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slurp
1124691.2Does not honor config/-geometry request
140255FutureCan not use other than original type1 fonts
140648Futurexhtml documents fail to open: "Bogus html document" msg
1747421.2background colour of text selection is always grey
2598361.2Abiword installs bogus fonts of dubious heritage
1046331.0Some localized strings truncated in Windows version
181820---Font reverts to Times New Roman when it shouldn't
1194201.2alt+xxxx does not insert special symbols
242120---TM, Bullet, Euro, Smart Quotes and other symbols originating...
1394171.2on-screen landscape actually prints portrait in Win95
229915---Prints incorrect margins with split page.
37215Futureconsolidate identical platform code
2868151.2character widths are not calculated correctly for some fonts...
1474111.2libiconv Korean broken
2275101.2dbk not valid after save
118410FutureDoc import not 100% correct
133310FutureInserting a word is O(n) in the number of words in the docum...
Top 20 Requests For Enhancement
12767051.2Table support
1261343FutureNeed to support footnotes and endnotes
2321182Future[RFE] Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?
218380---Fully Support OpenOffice's XML file format
137464Future[RFE] print odd and/or even pages only (for front & back pri
236545FutureAbiWord needs 'view codes'
195042FutureWish for automatic Table of Contents
192936FutureHyphenation is missing in Abiword
114432FutureImprove KWord import/export filters
51525Futurecolumns change should only affect selected text
127023FutureAbiword should graphical columns ala wordperfect 8/9
187522FutureImport of StarOffice Writer documents (*.sdw)
808211.2Tables not imported from RTF
216921FutureLine numbering
236020FutureResizing bitmap images
229420FutureTool palette instead of toolbars
152520FuturePreferences -> Toolbars, Button Style, Both
1262181.2[RFE] need to rewrite RTF import
193517Futureinconsistecy re "units" selection in 3 different places

Closed Bugs

In the past week, the following Bugs have been closed. The listed Bugs have all been put in QA TO VERIFY mode as either FIXED or WORKSFORME and have been verified by the people listed below. Other causes of closing a Bug (e.g. as INVALID) are not tracked since they usually do not represent a fixed problem.

Bugs Closed This Week
Bug IDDescription
434Line spacing is incorrect if a section break is added at a f
478Opens an untitled document when it cannot parse the document
1066AbiWord crashes opening HTML document
1081Spell Check problem with apostrophies
1437DocBook export breaks high-bit chars (like apostrophes)
1509List formattting using dialog affects only first paragraph o
1531Import XHTML encoding/charset
1652Asserts on opening a document.
1965This Word doc crashes AbiWord
2000Save File on Crash in Windows
2171Insert field box not wide enough
2313Bad postscript generated - overlapping characters/cuttoffs/s
2402Problem importing Word document
2460English text "Show Paragraphs" is misleading.
2465Cursor lingers when inserting a field at the end of a row
2486modify/new style preview window checks the spelling
2503Default font size code not saved to blank lines in RTF Files
2558Problem with long names
2602Does not use gtk-config for inlude path
2617Editing-window-centric normal/draft mode
2633RTF documents that crash abiword
2656abiword-0.99.1-1.src.rpm does not compile on RedHat 7.1 w/o
2657full view, print layout: vertical ruler messed up
2664text after apostrophe is printed over text before
2678AbiWord crashes when told to print.
2689windows margin size dlg: inch/cm mess, bad error message
2693Spelling doesn't work with words from custom.dic if these wo
2709Bad Defaults for Header and Footer Margins
2723Scrollbars missing in Windows: insert->hyperlink
2789Opened 2 word docs at the same time
2793Dutch translation error
2819page margins in cm or mm do not work
2820unproper font for bulletts
2895last letter in italics look weird
2906numbered-heading-lists bug not fixed yet
2940[crash] Inserting hyperlink at beginning of document causes
2952Debian unstable AbiWord freezes at first 'space' entered
2956No toolbar under Win95B - COMCTL32.DLL checking
2999rescaling page dumps core
3006Crash when changing style
3014zoom dialog preview not working
3053abi word crashes when I attempt to open a second document
3066Help->Report a Bug doesn't take me to AbiWord's Bugzilla.
3093Abi doesn't import this rtf doc right
3102Windows download of 0.99.5 is pointing to the wrong URL.
3112Opening MSWord Documents always asks for password
3114abiword crashes when I attempt to load a particular RTF file
This Week's 5 Most Active QA Helpers
8Luis Miguel García
4Hubert Figuiere

To get your name in neon, help QA the Bugs. If you want your name rather than your email address to appear, drop me a line.

Latest Releases

Here are links to the latest official releases of AbiWord for various architectures and operating systems.

AbiWord 0.99.5- Release Notes
AbiWord 0.99.3- Release Notes
AbiWord 0.99.2- Release Notes
AbiWord 0.99.1- Release Notes
AbiWord 0.9.6- Release Notes
AbiWord 0.9.5- Release Notes
AbiWord 0.9.4- Release Notes

These are links to snapshot builds of AbiWord for a subset of the supported architectures/operating systems.

Note that the snapshot builds may not work (at all!), but are likely to include more features and have fewer bugs than (older) official releases. Use the official releases for "production systems" and the snapshot builds for testing and when you want to help with Bug triaging.

AbiWord Snapshots
Linux (GNOME+GTK)i386http://pinohuis.dhs.org/uwog/abiword/Provided by Marc Maurer. These are updated daily. Plugins, clip art, fonts and help files are available too.
Win32i386http://abiword.pchasm.org/Provided by Jeremy Davis. These are updated twice a day. Plugins are available too.
Win32i386http://www.niksbiks.dk/Software/Abi/Provided by Nikolaj Brandt Jensen. These are updated about once a week. BiDi builds are available too.

On the Mailing List

Traffic on the developer mailing list has settled on about 200 postings per week.

You may also find interesting threads on the user and documentation lists (unfortunately the archive for the latter is broken at the moment).

This week, interesting topics on the developer list included:

  1. GUADEC & other Photos now online: Dom posted some photos of AbiWord hackers, taken at GUADEC and elsewhere.

  2. GUADEC talk online: Hub put the GUADEC paper and slides on the web site for you to look at.

  3. Newbie volunteer -- need some directions and help: Roshan Mathews asked for help getting started as a contributor. Lots of good hints in this thread.

  4. AbiWord 1.0 Bugs: Earlier in the week (or the week before, I forget) Dom announced that AbiWord 1.0 will be released soon and any remaining Bugs will remain unfixed for 1.0 unless someone post patches. So I went through BugZilla and did some triaging for 1.0 Milestone Bugs: closing some that had already been fixed, closed one or two really old ones (7.14 crashers with no feedback since opening are hardly useful), and pushed more to the 1.2 Milestone. In short, I closed or pushed any Bugs I felt I knew would or could not be fixed, or which really didn't matter much. The result was a list of 27 Bugs which now get a lot more attention than they would have before - and it appears to be working, as we're now down to 19 (and I know some of these have been fixed rather than just pushed to 1.2). Hopefully more will be fixed in time for 1.0... The clock is ticking!

  5. 1.0 binaries, platform status.: MG took status of the platforms we could build 1.0 binaries for. If your platform is not mentioned, and you would like to help build binaries, please drop us a note on the developer mailing list.

Special Interest --

From time to time, this section will contain essay-style text about various special interests of the AbiWord development.