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
|2001.07.28 - 2001.08.03|
||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).
||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
||Fix printing of images, fix column breaks import in RTF,
section break handling much improved, and Bug fixes.
||Nynorsk update (from Karl Ove Hufthammer), Catalan updated
(from Jesus Corrius), and Slovenian update (from Andraz Tori).
||Win32 Styles Dialog.
||AbiWord WN #54
||Release notes and help file for standard toolbar.
||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 :)
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:
2001.07.13 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%)
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
Help only works for localizations en-US es-ES fr-FR
File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slurp
It would be nice if the menu strings were dynamically loadable
Some localized strings truncated in Windows version
AbiWord crashes when trying to load a particular MS Word file
custom pagesizes can't be entered
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 7 bugs have been closed (i.e.,
closed and verified fixed):
Traffic on the developer
mailing list has settled on about 200 postings per week.
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:
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.
William Lachance posted first version of his WordPerfect importer. He
for French and German WP documents in order to add international
support to the importer.
Dom finally announced that the release of AbiWord 0.9.0 has gone
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
David Mandelin asked how to go about embedding AbiWord.