AbiWord Weekly News #69, (2001, week 45, released 2001.11.13)

Welcome to issue 69 of the AbiWord Weekly News.

Many bugs closed this week, and at least two of the top-10 feature requests implemented. Quite a few new features this week, actually. The POW page has also been updated.

In this issue:

Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov

CVS Stats

2001.11.03 - 2001.11.09
WhoCommitsIn summary
tomas_f 81 Unix fontmanager work, toggleCase work, hyperlink+endnote fixes, custom page size fix, documentation checked in, TIS-620 encoding support, endnotes work.
dom 71 Graphics architecture rework, normal mode tweaks, fix bug 2182, perl bindings, scripting work, menu reorgs, user templates, 2x segv fixes, MS Doc import support JPEG optionally, a speller warning message removed, fix default template (bug 2031), and make install now installs templates.
hub 22 2167 fixed, optional libjpeg support, RTF imports JPEG, GNOME configure fix, and toolbar work on Mac.
msevior 20 Dynamic toolbars for GTK, fix segv of plugins from autoload directory.
jskov 19 Major overhaul of squiggles code. AWN #68.
aiken 9 Website work.
mpritchett 5 Cleaned out old (unused) speller code, Win32 goto bookmarks work, fix bug 1394, added templates to Win32 installer, undo hack to Win32 spell code (Don made proper fix).
dchart 4 Changelog updates. Also documentation for hyperlink and insert menu.
phma 3 Italian strings (from Marco Innocenti), and French strings (from Gilles Saint-Denis).
mandelin 1 Win32 styles dialog fix.
rms 1 Added a debug message.

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.

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:
2001.10.23  149 (  +0%)    189 (  +4%)   352 (  -2%)
2001.10.30  164 ( +10%)    185 (  -2%)   352 (  +0%)
2001.11.06  155 (  -5%)    186 (  +0%)   331 (  -5%)
2001.11.13  164 (  +5%)    176 (  -5%)   329 (  +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:

10301821.0 Font substitution table
206990--- this doc crashes abiwin32
37674Future File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slurp
1360641.0 custom pagesizes can't be entered
1271601.0 Postscript print formatting incorrect and inconsistent
1406471.0 xhtml documents fail to open: "Bogus html document" msg
1876441.0 some MS Word documents without password are treated as passw
140241--- Can not use other than original type1 fonts
1104361.0 AbiWord crashes when trying to load MS Word file
1545341.0 Help only works for localizations en-US es-ES fr-FR

And the Top 10 Requests For Enhancements to be:

1276437future Table support
1410216future Please add .doc Microsoft Word Save As file type in future releases
1016108Future PDF output would be nice
1747421.2 background colour of text selection is always grey
126131future Need to support footnotes
148731--- Implementation of font "encoding"
192930future Hyphenation is missing in Abiword
1427201.0 "Lock" styles - disable all formatting commands except throu
187519--- Import of StarOffice Writer documents (*.sdw)
176212future import html as produced by Netscape Mozilla Composer

Target Milestones

We are nominating bugs for the next two big releases. Users as well as developers, can have their say on which bugs to nominate by casting votes on bugs as described above. The current milestone distribution is as follows:

MilestoneBug count
Without Nomination295

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

354, 595, 774, 938, 1146, 1148, 1152, 1172, 1217, 1219, 1246, 1334, 1354, 1425, 1500, 1507, 1549, 1552, 1596, 1696, 1731, 1768, 1789, 1891, 1902, 1914, 1918, 1949, 1963, 1972, 1973, 1986, 1989, 1990, 2009, 2063, 2066, 2078, 2080, 2088, 2089, 2097, 2105, 2107, 2116, 2129, 2134, 2137, 2154, 2182,

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: template support: Dom added template support.

  2. commit: toggleCase: Tomas Frydrych added toggle-case support.

  3. Commit: libjpeg support (fix bug 1292): Hubert Figuiere added JPEG (import) support. He later added it to the RTF importer as well, and Dom followed with support for the MS Word importer.

  4. Commit: Scripting: Dom made scripting a standard feature, adding a framework for it. Later he updated the perl bindings to use the new framework.

  5. ATTN Translators: Dom called for translaters to update strings for the 0.9.5 release.

  6. commit: Alpha version of dynamic toolbars: Martin added dynamic toolbars. It will not be a part of 0.9.5 (but 1.0). Pretty nifty, allowing the user to place toolbar icons according to preference.

  7. 0.9.5 release schedule: Dom posted a preliminary plan for the release schedule, up to and including 1.0 set for release on January 7th. We'll see how it pans out :)

  8. Commit: new image architecture: Dom wrote an image architecture.