AbiWord Weekly News #76, (2001, week 52, released 2002.01.14)

Welcome to issue 76 of the AbiWord Weekly News.

This was a fairly slow week, probably due to Xmas and New Year. But some Bugs did bite the dust, and Word import of lists received the final polish.

Note that this issue is written a few weeks after the week it covers: Bug voting information is from 2002.01.13, not week 52.

In this issue:

Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov

CVS Stats

2001.12.22 - 2001.12.28
WhoCommitsIn summary
rms 46 Added CVS .ignore files. RPM spec hacking.
tomas_f 15 Fixed Bugs 1198, 2133, and 665. Also did some work on the MS Doc importer for lists and fixed a bad assertion.
plam 12 Fixed bad stricmp use, fix some Unix Page Setup Dialog bugs (1360 in particular). Fix page size export in KWord, and some page size oddness.
hub 12 Solaris support work, and some .cvsignore files updated.
dom 11 Applied Bug 1090 patch (from kiwi@pochtamt.ru), wv graphics parser fix (from Rob Wilhelm), MS Word list and image import work/fixes, also wv fixes for image support.
mpritchett 6 Fix bug 2407 and some build fixes. Also HTML image exporter fix (from Marc Maurer).
hippietrail 2 Added Assamese support to Set Language dialog.
phma 1 Polish tooltips (from Piotr Banski).

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:
2001.12.04  151 ( -12%)    112 ( +62%)   352 (  +0%)
2001.12.11  141 (  -6%)    141 ( +25%)   348 (  -1%)
2001.12.18  131 (  -7%)    115 ( -18%)   350 (  +0%)
2001.12.25   69 ( -47%)     91 ( -20%)   417 ( +19%)

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

665, 839, 1057, 1095, 1118, 1161, 1702, 1884, 1892, 1939, 2248, 2384, 2414, 2415, 2424,

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. (Lack of) Source Code Documentation: J.M.Maurer wants to see something done about the lack of code documentation. Martin described the particular part of the code that Marc was wondering about, and pointed out that there is documentation but that it appears the web site Doxygen documentation needs to be regenerated from the sources.

  2. Commit: MSWord lists now handled: Tomas and Dom have worked on adding list support to the Word importer.

  3. Teaser: Jared posted a nice picture of the thesaurus plugin in action.

  4. PATCH: automatic fillin of version number on bug reports: Bryce addressed an issue that has been the cause of sub-optimal Bug reports and user confusion: when selecting Help->Report A Bug in AbiWord, many of the product parameters (version, build options, etc.) are now automatically added to the Bug.