This week saw more significant development, with 12 developers contributing 27 different patches to the tree. Sadly, there were no new developers this week.
The most significant series of patches this week came from Bill Carpenter, who continued to make significant progress towards Smart Quote support in AbiWord. This week, his work included fixing a few minor problems in his remapGlyph code, and adding a Smart Quotes preference item. This preference item was then ported to both Win32 and QNX by Tom and Thomas. For his work this week, Bill wins the Patch Prize, and 299 dollars from Sourcegear.
Another significant feature added this week was automatic backup on crashes in the Unix build, thanks to Sam. Now, if AbiWord ever crashes, it will back up your data before dying. Bruce and Matthew contributed ideas for improving the code, which were quickly incorporated. Hopefully this will lead both to regular backup possibilites, and crash handling on our other platforms.
Additionally, hj provided additional support for wide (Unicode) characters, utilizing the standard C facilites. Martin also improved several aspects of his list patch, including adding support for broken lists and fixing symbol font support, among other achivements. Joaquin improved to toolbar layouts on the GNOME build. Alexey continued his work on Show Paragraphs. Finally, Ash and Joaquin contributed additional help file translation, while Eutanazy Sercxemulo updated the Polish translation.
On The List
The abiword-dev list continued to see significant activity this week, with 167 messages posted, dealing with the following interesting topics
This week's cool post award goes to Eric, for his insightful analysis of the current state of the word processor market, and our place in it.
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