AbiWord Weekly News #67, (2001, week 43, released 2001.11.01)

Welcome to issue 67 of the AbiWord Weekly News.

At least four new features last week: bookmarks, hyperlinks, image dialog and a Windows Write importer. The mailing list also seems to be ready to boil over - it's a long time since I've seen so much traffic of so diverse variety. Appears AbiWord is getting (even) more popular. Exciting!

In this issue:

Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov

CVS Stats

2001.10.20 - 2001.10.26
WhoCommitsIn summary
aiken 274 Massive web site overhaul.
tomas_f 141 BiDi changes, support for hyperlinks and bookmarks, and fix zoom of tabs.
dom 125 Toolbar icons, GNOME configure updates, UNIX goto+bookmark+hyperlink+image dialogs(!), fix for UNIX plugin loading, importer/exporter plugin changes, 64 bit hashcode fix, wv segfault fix, 64bit CPU fixes (with Bernhard Rosenkraenzer), speller hash encodings, and scan ~/.AbiSuite/plugins on startup.
mpritchett 44 Installer updated, importer/exporter registration fix, zero char width system for Win32 (with tomas_f), and localization patch for Win32 (from Gilles Saint-Denis).
msevior 26 Dynamic menus for UNIX and (almost) GNOME, Aikasaurus now uses dynamic menus, and fix zoom bug.
hub 23 Windows Write importer (with Sean Young and Dom), mac makefile updates, fix bug 2112 (from proski@gnu.org), and various BeOS updates (from Stephane Fritsch).
rms 15 Some GNOME_OPT makefile updates, pt-PT locale updates.
fjfranklin 13 Various XML related changes.
phma 7 German update (from Martin Gansser), Catalan update (from Jesus Corrius), and French update (from Gilles Saint-Denis).
matti 6 List delimiter string stuff.
dchart 3 0.9.4 and 0.9.5 changelogs updated.
paul 1 An RTF importer fix.
aaronl 1 GTK installation 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:
2001.10.05  145 (  +1%)    170 (  +0%)   352 (  +2%)
2001.10.12  153 (  +5%)    178 (  +4%)   363 (  +3%)
2001.10.19  148 (  -3%)    189 (  +6%)   354 (  -2%)
2001.10.26  150 (  +1%)    188 (  +0%)   353 (  +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:

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

1709, 2003, 2004,

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: bookmarks and some bidi: Tomas Frydrych added a new feature, namely bookmarks. He later checked in a UNIX dialog.

  2. Plugins: David Welch asked how to write a plugin for AbiWord. Dom followed up with a short description.

  3. Windows Write import: Sean Young announced an importer for Windows Write.

  4. Announce: new web site: This is Jared Davis's announcement of the new web design I mentioned in the last newsletter. It's very sleek, and refocused to give users a smooth ride.

  5. commit: hyperlinks: Another new feature (Hyperlinks) from Tomas Frydrych.

  6. Release stuff: Dom asked the release of 0.9.5 to be pushed back a little to let the new features stabilize.

  7. commit: Dynamic menus for unix and almost gnome: Martin did some work on dynamic menus for UNIX. Also updated the aikasaurus plugin to make use of them.