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AbiWord Weekly News (3/22/2000)

Spring Break with Abi the Ant . . .

1. Development News

Since the last edition of this newsletter, we have had 13 new patches go into the tree.

Sam Tobin-Hochstadt upgraded our XML parser to expat 1.1, which gives us namespace support.

Pierre Abbat identified several problems with our LaTeX exporter, which Joaquín Cuenca Abela fixed. It's all about teamwork!

Our Danish translation was updated by Birger Langkjer.

2. On The List

This week saw 50 messages posted to the list. The highlights were:

  1. SVG Image Support - Work on SVG image support continues.
  2. Unicode - Issues involving entering non-Latin character sets were discussed.
  3. Clipping Regions - Thomas Fletcher is investigating some optimizations to make abiword draw a lot faster.
  4. Fields - Lots of progress here. Keith Stribley posted a patch which is the beginning of the fields implementation he's been working on.
  5. Show Paragraphs - Michael Vogt posted the "Show Paragraphs" feature he's been working on.
  6. XLib - Aaron Lehmann wrote a patch to replace XLib calls with GDK calls. Among other things, this makes abiword more portable.

3. Bugzilla Status

Currently, Bugzilla lists 203 bugs outstanding with 29 of those still in the SUBMIT state. Keep 'em coming!

4. Other News

This week's cool post award goes to Keith Stribley who posted a first pass at a fields implementation.

Kevin Vajk (standing in for Sam while he's on his spring break)

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