AbiWord Weekly News #66, (2001, week 42, released 2001.10.30)

Welcome to issue 66 of the AbiWord Weekly News.

Back after a small vacation, this issue of AWN is delayed by a week. Developement progressed as usual though, and we gained a few new (user visible) features and some bug fixes. There's also plan for a feature freeze after the 0.9.5 release.

You may also want to swing by www.abisource.com as it has a new look now, thanks to Jared Davis. Very smooth and much more user friendly.

Note: Vote results are from 2001.10.30, not week 42.

In this issue:

Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov

CVS Stats

2001.10.13 - 2001.10.19
WhoCommitsIn summary
dom 79 Image dialog class, file->revert menu function, GNOME password dialog work, ut_allocator class, fixed 1123 (from Chris Chamberlin), fix file->insert work, and ut_newnumber.
tomas_f 71 Many BiDi and glyph fixes.
msevior 53 Fix segfault, fix spell-check on added words, fix spell checking for capitalized words, and GNOME dialog changes to support first/last/odd/even headers/footers
mpritchett 43 Win32 installer change (from Michael Kobas), zero-width character support on Win32 (from Tomas Frydrych), XML warning cleanup, more win32 installer work, win32 password and insert file dialogs, and win32 header/footer dialog. Fix bug 2085 and small zoom state issue.
fjfranklin 38 XML code cleanup - moved to new class. wv changes.
hub 14 XHTML exporter fix, BiDi build fixes, OSX build fix.
cuenca 8 Added UT_Map class and XSL exporter fixes.
jskov 7 AWN #65. Also some speller/squiggle cleanup.
rms 5 PT string updates, IT string updates (from Marco Innocenti).
aaronl 3 Unix installer script fix, apply fix for bug 2096.
matti 1 Win32 font dialog fix.

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
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:
2001.09.28  143 (  +6%)    169 ( -10%)   345 (  +0%)
2001.10.05  145 (  +1%)    170 (  +0%)   352 (  +2%)
2001.10.12  153 (  +5%)    178 (  +4%)   363 (  +3%)
2001.10.19  148 (  -3%)    189 (  +6%)   354 (  -2%)

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:

1276377future Table support
1410200future Please add .doc Microsoft Word Save As file type in future releases
10301760.9.0 Font substitution table
1016108Future PDF output would be nice
37675Future File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slurp
1360641.0 custom pagesizes can't be entered
1271501.0 Postscript print formatting incorrect and inconsistent
1406471.0 xhtml documents fail to open: "Bogus html document" msg
1876461.0 some MS Word documents without password are treated as passw
1747421.0 background colour of text selection is always grey

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 Nomination282

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 17 bugs have been closed (i.e., closed and verified):

237, 293, 336, 419, 445, 446, 477, 517, 572, 1072, 1485, 1773, 1798, 1883, 1898, 1979, 2036,

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. commit: Format HdrFtr dialog.: Martin committed a new Dialog for editing the format of headers and footers.

  2. Soft feature post 0.9.5: Martin listed the features that are known to be in progress, and asked for others. These will be the only features accepted after the 0.9.5 release, at which time it'll be time for some serious bug fixing.

  3. Commit: Password dialog: Dom committed the dialog work necessary to open password-protected Word documents.