AbiWord Weekly News #75, (2001, week 51, released 2002.01.13)

Welcome to issue 75 of the AbiWord Weekly News.

The Bug hunt has started; lots of fixed Bugs in this week, and also quite a few QAd/Closed. There's some feature improvements too (Word importer mainly), and David started converting the documentation to HTML.

Note that this issue is written much later than the week it covers: Bug voting information is from 2002.01.13, not week 51.

In this issue:

Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov

CVS Stats

2001.12.15 - 2001.12.21
WhoCommitsIn summary
hub 173 Work on Solaris build/support, bookmark import/export for RTF, fix bug 2415, changelog update, fix Win32 build problem, moved GDKPixbuf to GNOME tree, autoconf hacking, Cocoa work, and fix WP import build problem.
dom 89 MS Word Metafile importer fix, de-CH string update, wv fix, product lister web service, made ChangeLog directory and moved ChangeLogs there, fix build problem, removed endnote refs from non-debug builds, fix insertSpan, fix Bug 2413, remove unixism in pd_Document, improved various aspects of MS Word importer, fix some Goto and Page Setup dialog bugs, wv fix (from Tomas), GDKPixbuf work, favico for Explorer, fix various bugs and autoconf issues, removed Normal Clean, fix segv when printing images, nl-NL update (from ?), some stuff from uwog, gnomevfs work, and lseek fix.
aiken 73 Aiksaurus updated to 0.12, plus lots of web site work.
msevior 22 Fix segfault for complicated lists, fix nested list import of MS Word docs, removed some styles, gdkpixbuf image loader, and header/footer fixes and speedups.
mpritchett 22 Fix for Normal Layout in Win32, XHTML export/import of bookmarks, Win32 and Unix isRegularFile functions, fixed bugs 2423, 2424, fixed/removed some debug assertions, build fixes, directoryExists for Win32, and Win32 build fixes (from Nikolaj Brandt Jensen).
tomas_f 21 MS Word list import work, Win32 dialog work, MS Word bookmark/hyperlink import, gotoTarget fixes, Win32 Goto Dialog fix, Insert Bookmarks Dialog work, and some BiDi stuff.
jskov 11 Fixed Bug 1506, AWN 74, web site text on Bugs changes, potential destructive replace behavior fixed, testroutines updated, more squiggles fixes, and on failed document load don't try to adjust page size.
rms 9 pt-PT update, RPM spec BIDI correction, BIDI makefile fixes, Italian updates (from Marco Innocenti), and Swedish updates (from Per Larsson).
plam 4 Unix Column Dialog fix, fix bugs 1365 and 2375, and comment update.
fjfranklin 3 FreeBSD (from posom).
hippietrail 2 de-CH localization added.
phma 2 Polish update (from Piotr Banski), and French update (from Gilles Saint-Denis).

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:
2001.11.27  172 (  -2%)     69 ( -58%)   350 (  +7%)
2001.12.04  151 ( -12%)    112 ( +62%)   352 (  +0%)
2001.12.11  141 (  -6%)    141 ( +25%)   348 (  -1%)
2001.12.16  129 ( -12%)    118 ( -17%)   358 (  +5%)
2001.12.23  104 ( -19%)    101 ( -14%)   386 (  +7%)

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:

1030228Future Font substitution table
376741.0 File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slurp
1406471.0 xhtml documents fail to open: "Bogus html document" msg
1104421.0 AbiWord crashes when trying to load MS Word file
1876421.0 some MS Word documents without password are treated as passw
1747421.2 background colour of text selection is always grey
140241Future Can not use other than original type1 fonts
1046341.0 Some localized strings truncated in Windows version
1781321.2 Toolbars do not remember position
142621--- word importer getting stale?

And the Top 10 Requests For Enhancements to be:

12765151.2 Table support
1261262future Need to support footnotes
1016125Future PDF output would be nice
232186Future Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?
192930Future Hyphenation is missing in Abiword
218328Future Compatibility with StarOffice XML
1262181.2 need to rewrite RTF import
187517Future Import of StarOffice Writer documents (*.sdw)
208414Future Word Perfect graphics do not load as expected
808141.2 Tables not imported from RTF

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 Nomination183

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 61 bugs have been closed (i.e., closed (FIXED/WORKSFORME) and verified):

737, 804, 824, 867, 913, 970, 974, 977, 1112, 1286, 1289, 1302, 1365, 1506, 1726, 1853, 1859, 1881, 1936, 1964, 1968, 1970, 1980, 2015, 2041, 2068, 2069, 2079, 2085, 2090, 2104, 2122, 2144, 2153, 2167, 2168, 2173, 2188, 2189, 2211, 2216, 2224, 2228, 2277, 2281, 2298, 2311, 2327, 2355, 2367, 2375, 2382, 2388, 2399, 2401, 2423, 2434, 2435, 2436, 2443, 2445,

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. Website 'Contribute' Section: As a followup to my expectations text (and comments to it), Jared asked for help to add a contribute help section on the web site. See this page for the outcome. If you have ideas for improvements, please post them on the user or developer lists.

  2. language coordination proposal: Damon Allen Davison suggested coordinating localization to improve quality.

  3. The Need For Standard Release Procedures: Jared re-posted his suggestion for a standard release procedure since he'd received no feedback on the initial posting.

  4. AbiWord 0.9.6 'we love the internet' released: Martin announced the 0.9.6 release.

  5. On the Road to version 1.0: Dom's plans for the 1.0 release. Resulting in a long thread.

  6. Funding/Financial support for FreeSoftware: Damian Ivereigh posted a link to his draft proposal for coordinating funding for OS programs (and obviously AbiWord).

  7. Interesting Statistics: Jared posted statistics on the browsers used to download AbiWord releases since October 24th 2001.

  8. Plugins page: Jared announced the new plugins download page.

  9. Solaris status: It appears Hubert has decided to do something about the Solaris support. If you happen to have spare Sun machine you're not using for anything, he could probably put it to good use - see his message :)

  10. Help Styles: David Chart has started the work on making the documentation (written in AbiWord) available in HTML form.