Welcome to issue 49 of the AbiWord Weekly News.
Still moving towards 0.9.0. Even though we didn't see as much
action this week as I had hoped, there were fixed quite a few bugs,
some features were polished, and Patrick Lam revealed he's brewing on
endnotes which may just get ready in time for 1.0.
In this issue:
Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov
|2001.06.16 - 2001.06.22|
||Patches from Andrew (importer and exporter fixes, proper fallback action
on assertion failure, unicode clipboard support on NT), patch from
John L. Clark for XHTML exporter.
||Symbols/dingbat printing problems fixed, fixed bug in .abw
saver, styles and numbering fixes, scroll speed improvements, crasher
||MSWord password work, styles work, doc updates, fix GNOME
printing segv, filetype and text importer patches (from Andrew), iconv hacking
(collaboration with Mike), XHTML exporter crasher fixed, soft hyphen
support, IT and LT locale tweaks.
||Autoconf hacking (some patches from Alec Wolman too), Psion
||QNX plugin dialog, build fixes for QNX 6.1.
||Nynorsk locale update from Karl.
||AbiWord Weekly News and some HTML fixes.
||Extended perl bindings and added documentation.
||Dialog title correction.
Patch of the week goes to the people that have been working on
fixing problems filed by the documentation gang, XHTML exporter
problems in particular.
POW (Project Of the Week) and the new uPOW (User Project Of the
Week) is an attempt at attracting 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
|POW||2001.22||Sorting contents of combo boxes, and
splash screen preference option|
multipurpose graphic importer|
|uPOW||2001.17||Where to send
|POW||2001.09||Speed up bulk spell
|uPOW||2001.07||Host for AbiWord
|uPOW||2001.06||Update Feature and
|POW||2001.05||Bug-buddy support for
translated dialogs fit|
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:
2001.06.01 57 ( +3%) 91 ( +2%) 287 ( +0%)
2001.06.08 61 ( +7%) 101 ( +10%) 308 ( +7%)
2001.06.15 67 ( -1%) 136 ( +3%) 301 ( +0%)
2001.06.22 95 ( +41%) 144 ( +5%) 312 ( +3%)
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 (5 or so) to make your voice heard!
From the sorted
list of votes, we found the current Top 10 Bugs to be:
Font substitution table
Please add .doc Microsoft Word Save As file type in future releases
PDF output would be nice
czech menu not correct
Automatic spellcheck splits words on accented characters (and specials, other languages, non ASCII symbols)
AbiWord crashes when trying to load ms word file
Documents saved as .abw are sometimes flagged as bogus document
We have just started nominating bugs for the next two big
releases. You, developer and user, 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:
Closed BugsNote that there are many many bugs just waiting for QA before
they can be closed. Please help!
In the past week, the following 4 bugs have been closed (i.e.,
closed and verified fixed):
Traffic on the developer
mailing list is definitely going back up, this week reaching 250
You may also find interesting threads on the user
lists (unfortunately the archive for the latter is broken at the moment).
This week, interesting topics on the developer list included:
HOWTO use the perl bindings:
Joaquposted a HOWTO for using the perl bindings and received a lot
Andrew pointed out that AbiWord is leaking memory badly. Resulted in
some nice traces from Mike.
Fwd: not worth downloading:
We got a bad review it appears, but there's general consensus the guy
didn't actually make a decent effort of using AbiWord. However, there
were some valid points raised and I think people took some notes.
partial progress towards endnotes:
Patrick Lam announced that he's been hacking on endnotes. That would
be a quite nice feature to have for 1.0 and it may just happen.
profile results for new UT_* implementations?:
Paul Rohr asked for profiling data for the new helper class
implementations. There's some background information on implementation
and reasons for the reimplementation in the thread.
Martin asked for help building a repository of ispell
dictionaries. Please make sure to send him one for your language if he
doesn't already have it.
Towards Version 0.90:
Martin posted an updated list of issues to be resolved before the
UCS-2 vs. UCS-4:
Mike asked if we should consider switching to a different internal
character representation in AbiWord. Thats a valid concern seeing as
Unicode already has more characters than can be represented with a 16
bit data type.