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AbiWord Weekly News #55, (2001, week 31, released 2001.08.06)

Welcome to issue 55 of the AbiWord Weekly News.

Yup, 0.9.0 was released. And there was much rejoicing (and waving of little flags).

We don't let that stop us though - development continues. The plan is for frequent 0.9.x releases over the coming weeks. Stay tuned for those announcements...

In this issue:

Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov

CVS Stats

2001.07.28 - 2001.08.03
WhoCommitsIn summary
hub 54 BeOS Encoding and Language dialogs (from Stephane Fritsch), MacOS X build howto, various Mac changes, fix Debian URL, and fix for Autoconf on Solaris (from Vincent McIntyre).
dom 42 Added Credits menu item, Mac encoding stubs, fix various Bugs, fix Debian build rule, QNX image updated, no more stock icons in Clipart Dialog, HTML exporter work, WordPerfect importer cleanup, release notes and release related web changes
msevior 15 Fix printing of images, fix column breaks import in RTF, section break handling much improved, and Bug fixes.
phma 10 Nynorsk update (from Karl Ove Hufthammer), Catalan updated (from Jesus Corrius), and Slovenian update (from Andraz Tori).
mpritchett 5 Win32 Styles Dialog.
jskov 4 AbiWord WN #54
dchart 2 Release notes and help file for standard toolbar.
tomas_f 1 Unix fonts helper updated.

Patch of the week goes to Martin for his section break cleanup. I'll be sure to go over it sometime and try to break it - lots of subtleties in that code :)

Project Of the Week

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 details.

POW2001.22Sorting contents of combo boxes, and splash screen preference option
POW2001.18ImageMagick multipurpose graphic importer
uPOW2001.17Where to send AbiWord announcements
uPOW2001.09Determining Locale Status
POW2001.09Speed up bulk spell checking
uPOW2001.07Host for AbiWord BugDay
uPOW2001.06Update Feature and UI matrices
POW2001.05Bug-buddy support for AbiWord
POW1999.47Make translated dialogs fit
uPOW1999.37CS folks wanted...

Bug Update

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.

Bug Counts

These are the bug counts for the past 4 weeks:

Date:        Submitted:    QA:           Open:
2001.07.13   86 (  +7%)    139 ( -16%)   310 (  +2%)
2001.07.20   77 ( -10%)     87 ( -37%)   321 (  +3%)
2001.07.27   68 ( -11%)    108 ( +24%)   318 (  +0%)
2001.08.03   87 ( +27%)    118 (  +9%)   316 (  +0%)

Bug Votes

As a user of AbiWord, you are able to vote on bugs you'd like to see closed. The process is quite simple:

  1. Create yourself an account if you don't already have one.

  2. Bring up the bug list.

  3. Click on Bug IDs to read bug details.

  4. 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.

  5. 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:

1276150future Table support
10301310.9.0 Font substitution table
141089future Please add .doc Microsoft Word Save As file type in future releases
101683Future PDF output would be nice
1545361.0 Help only works for localizations en-US es-ES fr-FR
37634Future File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slurp
150530Future It would be nice if the menu strings were dynamically loadable
1046290.9.0 Some localized strings truncated in Windows version
1104260.9.0 AbiWord crashes when trying to load a particular MS Word file
1360251.0 custom pagesizes can't be entered

Target Milestones

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:

MilestoneBug count
Without Nomination191

Closed Bugs

Note that there are many many bugs just waiting for QA before they can be closed. Please help!

In the past week, the following 7 bugs have been closed (i.e., closed and verified fixed):

911, 1324, 1584, 1761, 1785, 1786 and 1805

On the Mailing List

Traffic on the developer mailing list has settled on about 200 postings per week.

You may also find interesting threads on the user and documentation lists (unfortunately the archive for the latter is broken at the moment).

This week, interesting topics on the developer list included:

  1. TrueType fonts in AbiWord: Part Deux: Tim pointed out a small problem with the instructions for using TT fonts with AbiWord - but was rather happy that it actually does work and looks good both on screen and on paper.

  2. WordPerfect Importer: William Lachance posted first version of his WordPerfect importer. He later asked for French and German WP documents in order to add international support to the importer.

  3. Release: 0.9.0: Dom finally announced that the release of AbiWord 0.9.0 has gone gold.

  4. Commit: HTML exporter work: Obviously, the 0.9.0 announcement was generated by exporting HTML from AbiWord. Unfortunately, it appeared to break a certain standards-impaired browser, so Dom had to tweak the output a little to make it cope better. Not surprisingly, not everybody liked this very much.

  5. Embedding AbiWord: David Mandelin asked how to go about embedding AbiWord.

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