AbiWord Weekly News (3/15/2000)
Far and away in the land of AbiWord . . .
1. Development News
Since the last edition of this newsletter, we have had 8 new patches go into the tree and we added one new contributor to the ever-growing list of names. Congratulations to Tom.
The biggest patch of this week came from Bruce Pearson, who made several significant ruler improvements. These went a long way toward ZAPPING the POW from last week.
Tom Newton added a patch to allow AbiWord to compile for GCC/GTK/X under MS Windows. This should open up even even more avenues for development (see list discussion).
Owen Stenseth made several improvements to his string comparison script, and Rui Silva's latest round of updates to the Portuguese translation set the bar for our other translators. 100% is pretty hard to beat.
2. On The List
This week, many diverse and significant design issues (and not a few implementation details) were discussed on the abiword-dev list, with 135 messages posted. The major issues were:
Last week, there was lots of discussion about where we were going with MS Word exporters. This week, Justin Bradford has come up with a POW to get the development process started. This POW breaks down into 3 parts, and with lots of meat on each part. So, there's plenty to go around. Once we get this working, we will be a long way to real compatibility.
5. Other News
This week's cool patch award goes to Tom Newton for getting AbiWord to compile under Cygwin.
This week's cool post(s) award goes to Paul, for his detailed analysis of just about every issue discussed on the list. I just don't want to have to pick. Thanks Paul. :-)
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