Welcome to the reinstated AbiWord Weekly News. The newsletter has
been extended with a few extra features, which should hopefully make
it an even more interesting reading than the previous incarnations.
In particular, we will focus more on bug status since the average user
is unlikely to be checking the bug database on a regular
This week the release of AbiWord 0.7.14 was finally announced
after having been simmering for about a month. We all wish for a
quicker release next time.
We have also started taking semi-nominations
for bugs people would like to see given high priority for the 0.9.x
and 1.0 releases.
It's also worth mentioning the work Martin has been doing in the
past weeks on the styles dialog. Pretty nifty stuff which we're sure
will make the feature matrix look even better.
Finally, we're doing rather good on sourceforge's download top 10 -
we're number 6, averaging
something like a couple of thousand downloads a day.
In this issue:
Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov
2001.04.20 - 2001.04.27
||Save properties of empty paragraphs, selection of pilcrow,
improvements of debugger helpers, web improvements, and fixes
for a slew of old bugs in the backend.
||Image pasting, styles dialog improvements, spelling
improvements, margin support for pages, web updates and various
bug fixes. Also human readable text export (David Given).
||JPEG import (disabled for now), MacOS X improvements (code and
build system), and Word field import improvements.
||Build system changes, and web updates.
||Top/bottom margin control like the existing left/right margin
||Encoding manager fixes.
||British English strings (Alan Horkan).
||Compile bustage fix.
Patch of the week goes to Martin's styles
dialog work. As Sam points out, this is probably the last real
feature to go into the tree before we start 0.9 development (where the
tree will be closed for new features).
POW (Project Of the Week) and the new uPOW (User Project Of the
Week) is a cynical attempt at atracting new developers and entice help
from users by lowering the bar of entry to doing something
constructive for AbiWord. A POW will describe a goal and often outline
how to get there.
Presently we have a few unclaimed POWs. Please see the POW status page for more
|uPOW||2001.9||Determining Locale Status
|POW||2001.9||Speed up bulk spell checking
|uPOW||2001.7||Host for AbiWord BugDay
|uPOW||2001.6||Update Feature and UI matrices
|POW||2001.5||Bug-buddy support for AbiWord
|POW||1999.47||Make translated dialogs fit
|uPOW||1999.42||Usability Test #1
|uPOW||1999.37||CS folks wanted...
Here's the AbiWord bug update for the last week. If you can spare
some time, please help us triage the bugs -
you don't need to be able to program to do this.
These are the bug counts for the past 4 weeks:
Date: Submitted: QA: Open:
2001.04.06 92 ( +16%) 128 ( +7%) 182 ( -3%)
2001.04.13 17 ( -81%) 152 ( +18%) 240 ( +31%)
2001.04.20 11 ( -35%) 57 ( -62%) 232 ( -3%)
2001.04.27 23 (+109%) 58 ( +1%) 228 ( -1%)
As a user of AbiWord, you are able to vote on bugs you'd like to
see closed. The process is quite simple:
Create yourself an account if
you don't already have one.
Bring up the bug
Click on Bug IDs to read bug details.
If you find an interesting bug you'd like to have fixed, cast
your vote by clicking on the "Vote for this bug" link on the
bug description page.
You have 30 voting points you can cast in whatever proportions
you'd like on anything between 1 and 30 bugs. But note that
developers will likely prioritize a bug with 30 single votes than a
bug with a single 30-unit vote. So vote with lower unit counts to
make your voice heard!
The current top 10 is:
|1271 ||25||---||Postscript print formatting incorrect and inconsistent
|824 ||10||---||Abiword does no recognize the dictionary
|1046 ||10||---||Some localized strings truncated in Windows version
|1056 ||10||---||Redraw performance is dog slow. Sometimes unacceptably slow.
|1314 ||7||---||Abiword does not accept WM_UNICHAR keyboard input
|1162 ||6||---||Abiword does not remember window size on Windows
|1277 ||5||1.0||Illegal exit on Page Setup - alter paper size
|1016 ||4||---||PDF output would be nice
|1293 ||4||---||[RFE] WMF import needed
|1261 ||4||---||Need to support footnotes
We have just started nominating bugs for the next two big
releases. You (as a user or developer) can have your say on which bugs
to nominate by casting your vote on bugs as described above. The
current milestone distribution is as follows:
In the past week, the following 27 bugs have been closed (i.e.,
closed and verified fixed):
Traffic on the developer
mailing list has picked up quite a bit over the last months. We're
now at about 400-450 postings a week. This week, interesting topics
images in AbiWord - A very long thread, spawning several
subthreads, discussing what graphics formats to support and how to
implement this support.
Quote fix - Michael D. Pritchett fixed an initialization bug in
the Windows and QNX EncodingManager class, which had caused a lot of
weird (random) behavior. Thomas Fletcher later made the same fix for
BeOS and Mac.
Margins - Dom gave us per-page size default margins, replacing
the old 1in hardwired setting.
Nominations - Jesper hoped to raise some interest in bug triage
by letting users help nominate bugs for the next releases by voting.
- Tomas Frydrych started a thread with some heated arguments against
and in favor of adding encryption support to AbiWord.
Manager - as people may have noticed, the 0.7.14 release was
stalled for about one month after the CVS branch was made. Dom cried
out in frustration for someone to take on the job as release
manager. We definitely need to streamline the process for next
release. Martin made a list
of interesting issues.
Readable Text - David Given gave us a new exporter, providing
easier to read text by adding simple markups.
AbiWord - David Given also started another interesting thread,
asking how difficult it is to port AbiWord to a new platform.
status updated - Jesper got fed up with the stale POW pages and
rewrote it and updated it.