AbiWord Weekly News (1/31/2001)
The Return Of The Ant
This week was a busy one for AbiWord. In CVS, there were a total of 66 commits, from 12 different developers. Sadly, we haven’t added any new names to the credits file since January 11th.
The most significant change this week was the addition of the Page Setup dialog. This was implemented for GNOME and GTK by Dom, for Windows by Mike, and begun on QNX by Thomas. This is one of the last dialogs that we need before we reach feature completeness, or the point that we can begin working on releasing AbiWord 1.0.
Another big improvement this week was cutting and pasting lists, and a significant expansion of the capabilities of multi-level lists. Additionally, we are now able to export lists to Rich Text Format. This significant improvement comes from Martin, who gets the cool patch award for this week.
Another big change this week was the upgrade to the newest version of expat, our default XML parsing library. This change enabled a number of improvements, including use of expat as a shared library, and a simplification of our build system. Finally, the new version of expat is significantly faster.
Also this week, John Clark ZAPPED Martin’s POW from two weeks ago. In doing this, he made sure that the cursor doesn’t move when it’s not supposed to.
Also this week, Hubert contributed significant work on the Mac OS build of AbiWord, which is making significant progress. Dom upgraded wv to version 0.6.4, which improves a number of aspects of that library. Sam fixed bug 633, and Jesper fixed bug 1093.
On The Lists
This week was a big one on abiword-dev, where 263 messages were posted. Interesting topics included
This week, there’s lots of news on the POW front. In addition to the ZAPPING of the POW from January 14th, several new Projects were issued. Dom provided one of the Projects. This is to provide a template system, similar to the one Microsoft Word has. More details are available in his post. Martin suggested the other, which is to implement tab leaders, giving users greater control over the formatting of their documents. As always, details are available in his post.
AbiWord now has nightly builds of the Debian GNU/Linux packages. Get them from http://www.abisource.com/~sam/nightly, or add the following line to your sources.list file:
deb http://www.abisource.com/~sam/nightly/latest ./
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