AbiWord Weekly News (11/15/2000)
This week, there was lots of development, as we prepared for release 0.7.12. There were 67 commits, from 20 different developers. This week, we also saw the addition of four new developers. Congratulations to Vadim, Belcon, Michl and Matt.
This week's largest patch was from Hubert, who updated a large number of Mac OS files. He hasn't provided a status report recently, but the Mac port is generating lots of code. The other very large patch this week was from Aaron, who got Libxml2 working again.
This week's most significant patch, however, was the large quantity of wv work that Dom committed this week. Included in this was lots of portability and bug fixing, along with export work, internationalization work, and Word 6 import. Wv continues to a component that AbiWord just couldn't live without.
Additonally, lots of work this week went into preparing for for our next release, version 0.7.12. Vlad and Sam spent lots of time on the list discussing several release critical bugs, leading to fixes for both of them from Vlad. Dom fixed problems with iconv in wv that were causing crashes on several platforms. Spelling on Windows was fixed, and further miscellaneous fixes were made.
There were also lots of other development advances. Matt Brubeck (new developer) and Mike Nordell added code cleanup, making AbiWord more robust. Martin fixed a number of spell checiking an list bugs. And Sam added the option of using the Standard Template Library vector as the backend in out internal vector class.
Finally, there was lots of localization work. Rui Silva, who along with Pierre Abbat now has CVS access to update the translations, helped get Ukranian (from new translator Vadim Frolov) into the tree. There ware also updates to Indonesian, Portugese, Spanish and Norwegian.
On The List
This week saw lots of activity on the list, with 401 messages posted to abiword-dev, a record for a single week. Significant topics included
This week's cool patch award goes to Matt Brubeck, for fixing crashes before they happen - always the best time.
You can check out the status of the release by looking at the list of release critical bugs on the AbiSource website.
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