AbiWord Weekly News #88, (2002, week 16, released 2002.04.22)
Welcome to issue 88 of the AbiWord Weekly News.
More bug fixing this week, and some discussions about the next version of AbiWord. Oh, and AbiWord 1.0 was tagged last week :) But AbiWord 1.0 has not been officially announced since we're still busy building binary packages.
In this issue:
Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov
|CVS checkins 2002.04.15 - 2002.04.21|
|dom||50||AbiCommand work, fixed some header comments, autoconf changes for abiwidget, lt-LT update (from egle), plugin work (from Martin), WP importer patch (from Marc), fixed float compiler warning, WP importer section property fix, abifestvox function reorg, removed some dead code, fixed some module stuff, fixed paragraph justification, ipatch (from mandrake), t602 (partly from petr tomasek), doc search page for en_US, made unix language dialog wider, fix accelerator bindings, turn on spell-checking for Polish, fix license, esparanto patch (from gabe). Fixed Bugs 1028, 1791, 2635, 3132, 3153 (partial), 3157, and 3158.|
|rms||43||Update IW_IL to HE_IL. Removed a Hebrew string, complement pt-PT locale, Spanish update (from Sam Trenholme & others), Swedish update (from Per Larsson), Japanese update (from Masayuki Hatta), RPM spec hacking, zh- string fix, Polish update (from Andrzej), Spanish update (from Luis Miguel García), license readability fix.|
|fjfranklin||31||auto* iconv config update, added UTF8String class, wv build fix, mkpkg work (from Gabriel Gerhardsson), docs update, catala hash fix (Bug 3127), fixed ttfadmin.sh install permissions, version string compile problem fixed (Bug 3137).|
|msevior||26||AbiWord control changes, simple IDL file to get Bonobo support working, bonobo test file, RTF field and top/bottomline high color fixes. Fixed Bug 3141|
|dchart||22||Added screenshots to rules help file, changelog updates, and added links to new help files.|
|phearbear||15||QNX work: fix scrollbar in large windows, photon crash fix, makefile fix, fix some includes, speller fixes, pkg fix, localization fix, and some dialog fixes.|
|mpritchett||10||win32 installer fix, fix font crasher, extended FAQ. Fixed Bugs 1046 and 3135.|
|plam||6||Fixed HP-UX requirements. Fixed Bugs 857, 2433, and 2511.|
|uwog||6||WP importer work.|
|kian||6||BeOS support work.|
|hub||6||AIX build support and instructions (fromAlberto Varesio), 1920 fix (from Ben Mesman).|
|jskov||3||Fix namespace pollution.|
|phma||3||Japanese update (from Masayuki Hatta), and Italian update (from Marco Innocenti).|
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.
|uPOW||2001.17||Where to send AbiWord announcements|
|uPOW||2001.09||Determining Locale Status|
|uPOW||2001.07||Host for AbiWord BugDay|
|uPOW||2001.06||Update Feature and UI matrices|
|POW||1999.47||Make translated dialogs fit|
|uPOW||1999.37||CS folks wanted...|
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.
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|
|1030||333||Future||Installing AbiWord messes up fonts in other applications (e....|
|1402||85||Future||Can not use other than original type1 fonts|
|376||79||1.2||File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slurp|
|1124||69||1.2||Does not honor config/-geometry request|
|1406||48||1.0.1||xhtml documents fail to open: "Bogus html document" msg|
|1747||42||1.2||background colour of text selection is always grey|
|2598||36||1.2||Abiword installs bogus fonts of dubious heritage|
|1818||20||---||Font reverts to Times New Roman when it shouldn't|
|1194||20||1.2||alt+xxxx does not insert special symbols|
|2421||20||---||TM, Bullet, Euro, Smart Quotes and other symbols originating...|
|1394||17||1.2||on-screen landscape actually prints portrait in Win95|
|2299||15||Future||Prints incorrect margins with split page.|
|372||15||Future||consolidate identical platform code|
|2868||15||1.2||character widths are not calculated correctly for some fonts...|
|1474||11||1.2||libiconv Korean broken|
|2275||10||1.2||dbk not valid after save|
|1184||10||Future||Doc import not 100% correct|
|1333||10||Future||Inserting a word is O(n) in the number of words in the docum...|
|2106||10||---||COMPOSE KEY doesn't work inside AbiWord|
|Top 20 Requests For Enhancement|
|1261||358||Future||Need to support footnotes and endnotes|
|2321||213||Future||[RFE] Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?|
|2183||100||---||Fully Support OpenOffice's XML file format|
|1374||66||Future||[RFE] print odd and/or even pages only (for front & back pri|
|2365||48||Future||AbiWord needs 'view codes'|
|1950||42||Future||Wish for automatic Table of Contents|
|1929||36||Future||Hyphenation is missing in Abiword|
|1144||32||Future||Improve KWord import/export filters|
|2296||27||Future||doc import: footnotes|
|515||25||Future||columns change should only affect selected text|
|1270||23||Future||Abiword should graphical columns ala wordperfect 8/9|
|1875||22||Future||Import of StarOffice Writer documents (*.sdw)|
|808||21||1.2||Tables not imported from RTF|
|2360||20||Future||Resizing bitmap images|
|2294||20||Future||Tool palette instead of toolbars|
|1525||20||Future||Preferences -> Toolbars, Button Style, Both|
|2462||19||Future||[rfe] Add true EPS (Encapsulated Postscript) support|
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|
|777||Mouse cursor should be a pointer while over margins|
|857||Ctrl-Delete doesn't delete anything if the cursor is to the|
|1843||BIDI_ENABLED import of AbiWord_SourceOverview.abw raises ass|
|1920||Docbook export doesn't include images|
|1992||<End> after quote moves to beginning of next line|
|2101||Remove footer/header stays active when useless|
|2331||Bidi text in abiword.|
|2411||incorrect ownership and permissions on installed files|
|2429||possible Ut_PerlBindings.cpp conflicts|
|2433||goto dialog generate asserts.|
|2511||File->revert works strangely after having saved during curre|
|2620||Abi segfaults when XFS doesn't know about it's fonts|
|2635||No information on system requirements on AbiWord website|
|2761||Can't find meanings.dat|
|2775||Document fonts are too large when printing|
|2892||extra linefeeds in GNU license|
|2894||AbiWord on Windows crash upon .doc import|
|2899||problems with glyph for bullets in win32|
|3007||Numbered lists disapear when viewed in Microsoft Word|
|3062||Automatic bug report feature version # wrong|
|3072||no highlighting for a normal template|
|3116||Using template for new document, generates document inport e|
|3137||AbiCommand: build failed|
|3141||Margins are wrongly layed-out|
|3148||full justification does not align on the right|
|3166||Text file fails to import|
|3174||Backup file isn't created|
|This Week's 5 Most Active QA Helpers|
|2||Luis Miguel García|
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.
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.
|Linux (GNOME+GTK)||i386||http://pinohuis.dhs.org/uwog/abiword/||Provided by Marc Maurer. These are updated daily. Plugins, clip art, fonts and help files are available too.|
|Win32||i386||http://abiword.pchasm.org/||Provided by Jeremy Davis. These are updated twice a day. Plugins are available too.|
|Win32||i386||http://www.niksbiks.dk/Software/Abi/||Provided by Nikolaj Brandt Jensen. These are updated about once a week. BiDi builds are available too.|
Traffic on the developer mailing list has settled on about 200 postings per week.
This week, interesting topics on the developer list included:
Embeddable AbiWord.: Martin announced that he has made a bonobo control out of AbiWord, allowing it to be embedded in other GNOME applications. Very nice!
Development plans for post-1.0: Hub opened a thread on development plans for post-1.0. My understanding of the plans is that we'll open a new tree that will eventually become the base of AbiWord 1.2. It's also a general concensus that making more 1.0.x releases would be a good idea - but it still remains to be seen how much effort people are willing to put into this (we are only a few developers, you must remember).
ANNOUNCE: RELEASE 1.0!!!: The tree was tagged for AbiWord 1.0 and is now open again for commits. AbiWord 1.0 has not been widely announced yet though, since people are still busy building binary packages.
commit: abi: UTF8String class: With this commit, Frank started a long thread, dicussing pros and cons of various encoding forms, which one should be used internally in AbiWord, etc, etc.
Next Generation Containers: Martin opened a discussion of how the backend should represent documents in the future to allow for tables and improved layout control.
From time to time, this section will contain essay-style text about various special interests of the AbiWord development.