AbiWord Weekly News (5/25/2000)
"Fortunately, the second-to-last bug has just been fixed." - Ray Simard
This week saw lots of development, with 30 new patches in the tree, including several significant ones! We also added four new contributors. Congratulations to Jesus, Jesper, Dixie and Petr.
The most significant checkin this week was from Martin, who committed his extensive work on modeless dialogs. Additionally, he made his Insert Symbol dialog modeless. His framework does not just provide for modelessness, but also for proper dialog switching when the focus switches. This checkin became the focus of significant development effort for the rest of the week, as Bruce made the Win32 Insert Symbol modeless, and Joaquin, Martin and Bruce all improved the XP framework for modeless dialogs. Joaquin also created a GNOME version of Insert Symbol.
For his significant contributions this week, especially in the area of cross-platform compatibility, which included porting the modeless Insert Symbol and finding and fixing significant and subtle bugs in the modeless dialog framework, Bruce Pearson wins this week's Patch Prize. Congratulations, Bruce. Enjoy the $299.
Joaquin also checked in several other improvements, including significant improvements to Insert Field, the beginnings of a Spanish translation of the help files, and several improvement to the LATEX exporter.
Other significant checkins included the Show Paragraph feature from Alexey, which nearly squashes an extremely old POW. Alexey also fixed a few other bugs. Sam added a tar.bz2 distribution format, Bruce fixed bug 431, and Jesper Skov updated some of the developer documentation. Finally, Dixie Thornhill made significant updates to the English help files.
On The List
This week saw a large volume of mail on the abiword-dev, with 160 messages posted to the list. Some of the significant topics were:
This week's cool patch award goes to Jesper Skov, for his extensive analysis of current problems in some parts of the formatter.
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