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 Stats

CVS checkins 2002.04.15 - 2002.04.21
WhoCommitsIn summary
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).

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....
140285FutureCan not use other than original type1 fonts
376791.2File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slurp
1124691.2Does not honor config/-geometry request
1406481.0.1xhtml 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
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
229915FuturePrints 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...
210610---COMPOSE KEY doesn't work inside AbiWord
Top 20 Requests For Enhancement
12767351.2Table support
1261358FutureNeed to support footnotes and endnotes
2321213Future[RFE] Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?
2183100---Fully Support OpenOffice's XML file format
137466Future[RFE] print odd and/or even pages only (for front & back pri
236548FutureAbiWord needs 'view codes'
195042FutureWish for automatic Table of Contents
192936FutureHyphenation is missing in Abiword
114432FutureImprove KWord import/export filters
229627Futuredoc import: footnotes
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
246219Future[rfe] Add true EPS (Encapsulated Postscript) support

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
777Mouse cursor should be a pointer while over margins
857Ctrl-Delete doesn't delete anything if the cursor is to the
1843BIDI_ENABLED import of AbiWord_SourceOverview.abw raises ass
1920Docbook export doesn't include images
1992<End> after quote moves to beginning of next line
2101Remove footer/header stays active when useless
2331Bidi text in abiword.
2411incorrect ownership and permissions on installed files
2429possible Ut_PerlBindings.cpp conflicts
2433goto dialog generate asserts.
2511File->revert works strangely after having saved during curre
2620Abi segfaults when XFS doesn't know about it's fonts
2635No information on system requirements on AbiWord website
2761Can't find meanings.dat
2775Document fonts are too large when printing
2892extra linefeeds in GNU license
2894AbiWord on Windows crash upon .doc import
2899problems with glyph for bullets in win32
2910AbiGimp.cpp- removeEditMethod
3007Numbered lists disapear when viewed in Microsoft Word
3062Automatic bug report feature version # wrong
3072no highlighting for a normal template
3116Using template for new document, generates document inport e
3137AbiCommand: build failed
3141Margins are wrongly layed-out
3148full justification does not align on the right
3166Text file fails to import
3174Backup file isn't created
This Week's 5 Most Active QA Helpers
2Hubert Figuiere
2Luis Miguel García

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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. 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!

  2. 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).

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Special Interest --

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