AbiWord Weekly News #120, (2002, week 48, released 2002.12.17)
Welcome to this issue 120 of the AbiWord Weekly News.
First off, I want to apologized for the unperceived lateness of the past three AWN's. We're still in time traveling mode, but now, I'll be completely unoccupied this week! So, I'm hoping to hand one of these out every day now, and be caught up for next week's. Additionally, two points I'd like to bring up about last week's AWN. One: Though Dom's dead gnome is still dead, his libraries are well stacked. Two: I've come up with a name for the Regressions Test team, which you're welcome to join by the way. Said team shall be known as "Project Blue Ant." They'll debunk the hoaxes and file the real Unidentified Feature Outages.
This week in development
Nyorp went down due to a familiar hardware problem (what...you thought Linux had a problem?). This is the secret to why time travel is necessary, as I went on vacation by this point in time. Some very nice MacDinkery has grown within Marc's latest Secret Project, while Will's frame refactoring has been the most productive event in sometime. I'm informed that Project Blue Ant had been chugging along nicely upto three weeks into the future. The biggest thing, due to Dom's recommendation last week (or was it two), those RFE's are getting tagged and taken. You may want to jump down to the Top20 RFE's now to see where your next vote may go.
The French are mounting an assault on New Zealand. I anticipate the rationing of cigarettes will anger native Parisians.
And remember, I give you an email address so you can talk to me, in case you're not on ither mailing list.
In this issue:
Editor(s) of this issue: E. A. Zen
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DISCLAIMER: It should be generally noted that anything said before the "In this issue:" line is purely editorial.
Traffic on the developer mailing list has settled at about 200-400 postings per week.
This week, interesting topics on the developer list included:
Nyorp back up, Scheduled to be down this Friday : Dom informs everyone the reason NYORP (the AbiServer) went down was due to an over-heated 3Com switch, which sounds awfully familiar! Also, in case you didn't find out, NYORP was also down this Friday (the one three weeks ago), for reasons that went unexplained but maybe related. As your reporter, I probably should have asked....
Commit: Default Open/Save directory : Dom added a dialogue to allow Unix users to change their default save directory. This is very nice, especially for those of us with a ./documents directory.
Commit: Dragging images around works (sort-of) , Commit: Drag+Drop editing and Commit (HEAD): draw fancy image resize boxes : Dom adds Marc's work for dragging images around (not resizing), with minimal alterations made by himself. To use it in the latest CVS builds, just hold control and the left mouse button. Later, Dom adds functionality to allow selection and dragging of both text and imagery. Marc then returns to add nice li'l macdinky image resize boxes.
Re: Compile error on Irix from cvs tree : Part of Compile error on Irix from cvs tree, Martin MOKREJŠ points out the difficulty in acquiring an often forgotten library, popt. Granted that maybe four of you at the most may possess an interest in this, but I like to share.
commit: Drag table lines with mouse. Other stuff. : Among additional fixes, and as you might guess from the name, Martin's latest commit allows the user to drag the lines of the tables. In fact, I pretty much didn't even have to comment on that. Yeah, life's good.
Is anybody experiencing difficulties getting into the CVS source? : Same question in the subject is brought to attention by besnik bleta, who, using the Tortoise CVS client, was unable to access the cvs tree for three days. Marc experienced similar problems (which magically self-corrected LISP(possibly via the power of Hub)) and recommended using the IP.
Mail Merge UI : Martin wants to build a GUI for Dom's mail merge additions. He has some outstanding (as in unanswered) questions before getting started.
This week, interesting topics on the user list included:
discreapincy (sic) between ispell and aspell : Chris Winne finds out that aspell is, as many already know, superior to its predecessor, ispell but remains curious as to the speed and efficiency of aspell in conjunction with larger documents.
I have all sorts of bits and bobs of good possibilities here; however, it would appear that follow-ups were off-list, as no answers occur...either that or the users were abandoned, and after the whole thing about GNOME's death, who wants to go there? I mean other than me.... ;o)
This week, interesting topics on the outside of abidom included:
(FootNote:) Re: AbiWord Weekly News #119 : The GNOME is dead thing was noticed by some readers...this goes to show, if you repeat something enough, even humans will start to take notice.
(FootNote:) Re: AbiWord Weekly News #119 : Dom clarifies the comment about his declaring GNOME dead. Apparently, as Martin pointed out earlier, unfortunately, GNOME2 work continues on and the integration will come in time. My favourite part being that a week before taking over as editor, Dom honestly told me I could sensationalize his words any way I want. Too abusive...sometimes, but Hub seems entertained (or too busy to stop me from uploading). You know...Dom's a closet QT-lover....
Track who put in how much and why. And, while you're at it, consider whether you'd like to keep your own cvs build as well. Tables...ooh....
|CVS checkins 2002.11.24 - 2002.11.30|
P-POW!, Personal Project Of the Week, the frame refactoring--
Frame Refactoring, episode II: Attack of the Strings.
Some quick notes while scrolling through the text (heh):
Titlebar uses UT_string, unneeded scrollbars disappear (just like houdini!)...
Special request for Regression Testing
Join in; save the AbiWorld; be a hero!
Viva el Abi!
And returned the rulers to scrolling with the page.
Thank you, and have a nice day.
|hub||85||new status bar, in-step refactoring for Cocoa, removed platform specific #includes, changed NSControllers to use frame impl, abipbx/abipbx.pbproj/project.pbxproj was updated in some magical way (I do summaries offline, so, I'm pretty lost) "removed dependency on cdump: splash.png and sidebar.png are now resource files loaded with NSImage,*" made some cocode (cocoa code) more concise.|
|msevior||39||Drag table lines with the mouse, MS Word import crash fixed, double clicking a table line now sets it to auto-format, another "make printing on unix work again" statement (you know, I see at least one of these a week; it's amazing there are periods of printing at all!)*|
|dom||24||Compile fixes, Some funny dataless comment about Abi's current SXW being readable by OpenOffice (even though it lacks any data behind it, mind you), default open/save directory, some GNOME HIG compliance, toolbars test for "null-ness," view modes crash fixed, "iMove iMages aRound,*" changed memcopy to memmove while freeing the slaves, drag+drop editing, fix irix compile errors, and bugs ( 4276, 4383 and 4383, )|
|jeremyd||21||In step frame refactoring for Win32|
Ut oh, someone's been messing with wv! Lessee what Frank did this week:
bump version number to, 0.7.4-ish (c. Gerben Wierda), initialize whole of parse struct (Corby), change wvFree() into a macro - set ptr to NULL (fjf LISP(The Minister of the Ministry of Redundant Redundancy called, Frank, he says you owe him $25 on royalties or remain in violation of the DMCA*)). free() memory*, clean-up for compiler warnings on Darwin (hub), don't include wvinternal.h (which doesn't get installed) (c. mg*), const-ness in scandir: use __sgi to select for IRIX - is this correct?*;
If wv's were bread and cheese, there'd be lots of room for pr0n
Removed the part of the XHTML import where courier got quotes around it thus breaking the AWML export.
removed TODO.TXT (obsolete), added function of single click to select image, added function of background colour of text,
something about indentation, fixed diving build breakage, then reverted back thus breaking Win32,
Howdy, Marc; you know I have to quote you for this next part, so, you may want to duck out of chat for a bit ;o)
"well, actually, I don't care if I break win32, win32 is lame anyway :)"
really fancy image resize boxes and some other small thingies and bug 4255
|tamlin||11||Memory fixery, delete font at destruction in Font Preview*, Win32 speed ups, Initialize this--delete that--you might think someone ran all this through Purify, AND fixed the setlocale issue.|
|phma||7||Amharic update by Daniel Yacob, Albanian update by Besnik Bleta, Lojban update by Pierre Abbat, Malaysian string update by Sharuzzaman Ahmat Raslan|
|mpritchett||2||Added Win32 cursors for martin's table resizing, Fixed location of #include "ap_Frame.h"|
|jordimas*||1||Something indescipable about the Win32 keyboard layout thingie maybe|
*jordimas: system-related work is Windows unless stated otherwise.
*phearbear: Johan is missing in action
*cdump: Quotes mean I'm utterly fcsking clueless, which happens often, but I should point it out. Mark, you don't need to say anything. Just sit there and be all freindly-like.
*all!): No, it's not Martin, this just seems to be a pseudo-random occurrence. Still, though, it is quite the bit amazing.
*aRound: Not an exact quote, but an amusing one; don't you think?
*DMCA: Speaking of violations, I'm literally copying and pasting most of this!
*free memory: If only one could programme like in xml, and go </mem></mem></mem>...
*mg: Mark owes the fund $20.
*Font Preview: That's Marc's first Secret Project I told many of you about back in the fall some time ago.
Dom, with the help of all those of you who donated to help keep AbiWord great,
re-established the Weekly Prize Patch.
Established at $45 pre-charges (read: the financial companies cut), the prize is awarded by the decision of Martin and Dom,
both of whom must agree on the winner.
Though neither Dom nor Martin may vote for themselves, they posses to "trumps" that allow them to vote for the other,
therefore nullifying that other's vote.
Most importantly, winning is entirely dependent on how lagered-up Martin and Dom are at the time in question.
Announce: Patch Prize Winner
between Marc (uwog, heads) and Will (wlach, tails). I
flipped a coin, and with Ruth as my witness, it landed
So, Will, because of your great Frame refactoring
code, you're this week's prize winner! Great work.
Contact me to collect your $45 US if you're
The concept of a "Project Of the Week" is to single out tasks of major interest that outside developers might be interested in providing assistance to. Until a "best way" of listing POWs come to mind, they shall be listed in a short description. Any user interested is welcome to assist in tackling these POWs. If you know someone who's interested, you can link directly to a POW, in order, they're pow4 (at the top) through pow1 (at the bottom). Reminder to developers, I can't post them if you don't submit them. Additionally, feel free to announce if one of these is finished (in case you don't mention it on the list or in the cvs) Also, what a great way to get money from Dom!
Name: Regression tests for the front-end AbiWord components.
Description: Perform component-specific tests, document procedural changes and open bugs as necessary.
Advertisement: Play the game and get a hero credit; more recognition than QA!
Recommended Outline: Email email@example.com and include available system types, AbiVersions and previous testing experience. Receive testing instructions which will take one to two hours to complete.
Comments: No experience required. A good way to be introduced to AbiWord contribution efforts.
System: Any and every OS.
AbiVersion: 1.0.3 only (for now atleast)
Challenge level: *.... 1 star out of 5
Current Heros: "Some of the most active were "Mikey", Tom Purl and Eric Blom."
As far as I know, more people are welcome to help them! And, as a user, it's practically your duty!
Name: Style and/or Diction Plugins (bug 3281) (do either/or or both!)
Description: build a plugin to allow Abiword to check style and diction
Advertisement: me got no grammar fixer, help mes can't you?
Recommended Outline: Create a plugin for AbiWord that allows the checking of style and diction. The source code for the gnu style and diction tools is available here: http://www.gnu.org/software/diction/diction.html
As a prototype you might be able to hack something using the AbiCmd plugin to wrap the style and diction tools. The AikSaurus (Thesaurus) plugin should also be a helpful guide.
When you get the basics working you could try to get Abiword to display green squiggle underlines to mark errors, or otherwise work on a good user interface.
Comments: A great way to start playing with the AbiSource
System: Any OS will be fine.
Challenge level: ***.. 3 stars out of 5
Current Hero: The mastery of Kung Fu has yet to appear.
Name: Fix Windows printing boogs (bug 3239)
Description: Tackle some or more of the various bugs that cause issues in attempting to print under Windows
Advertisement: ????????????????????????????? (no, that's really the ad!)
Recommended Outline: You must become magical to know how to fix this.
Comments: "The problem is that printing on Windows is broken with several brand of printer drivers (see dependent bugs). It appears that with standard PostScript driver it does not happen. It appears also that version 0.9.6 had less problems than 1.0.1 so we might find out where the regression is bu diffing.
"Please, be sure to read all the bug reports. Even partial fix are accepted.
"Fixes must be done against STABLE tree and possibly ported to HEAD (the later can be done as a second step)."
This comes from Hub
Notice: This may already have been fixed with the libiconv upgrade, stay tuned!
Challenge level: ****. 4 stars out of 5
Current Hero: Not one MoFo yet has had the Huevos for this POW
Name: More Windows Maintainers
Description: Jordi could always use help
Advertisement: Help free people from the oppression of MSWord today!
Recommended Outline: You must become magical to know how to fix this.
Comments: Wouldn't be a bad idea to start with the printing bug...
Challenge level: ****. 4 stars out of 5
Current Hero: Jordi Mas
These are the week's Top 20 Bugs in the categories problems and requests for enhancements. Influence next week's results by casting your own votes. Ah, another release, another change of what bugs are on the "Most Wanted" list.
|Top 20 Problems|
|3269||130||1.0.x||Crashing on printing|
|3525||90||---||font incorrectly printed and spaced|
|376||80||2.0||File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slu......|
|1406||61||1.0.x||xhtml documents fail to open: "Bogus html document" msg|
|3457||51||---||Crash under GNOME when printing|
|428||42||2.0||Hitting return at the beginning of a paragraph changes fo......|
|1747||42||2.0||background colour of text selection is always grey|
|2362||30||1.0.x||AbiWord only prints across half of page|
|3970||30||---||changing layouts can lead to showing other location than ......|
|4049||30||---||Crash on open file from floppy or network drive.|
|4057||30||---||Thesaurus Shift+F7 keybindings shortcuts consistancey|
|4432||30||---||GTK2 Input Methods Unavailable|
|3778||29||---||Hanging indent setting ignores units|
|4216||29||---||Wrong line length, wont justify either...|
|2868||25||2.0||character widths are not calculated correctly for some fonts...|
|3579||20||---||Save corrupted when text pasted from web page and saved a......|
|1394||17||2.0||on-screen landscape actually prints portrait in Win95|
|2299||15||1.0.x||Prints incorrect margins with split page.|
|2924||15||---||printing abw documents defaults to black pages|
|Top 20 Requests For Enhancement|
|1261||562||2.0||Need to support footnotes and endnotes|
|2183||232||Future||Fully Support OpenOffice's XML file format|
|1374||96||Future||[RFE] print odd and/or even pages only (for front & back ...|
|1950||87||Future||Wish for automatic Table of Contents|
|1144||67||---||Improve KWord import/export filters|
|2565||41||Future||Add true MS Word .doc export capability|
|2490||40||2.0||Finish Cocoa Frontend|
|1929||36||Future||Hyphenation is missing in Abiword|
|515||35||Future||columns change should only affect selected text|
|2186||30||Future||The insert page break setting is lost for custom styles|
|3668||26||---||Support for window tabs instead of separate windows|
|2219||27||Future||AUTONUM wanted in [ Insert/Field/Number ] menu|
|2296||25||Future||doc import: footnotes|
|3233||20||2.0||New Language preference menu|
|3419||20||Future||[RFE] Add microspacing feature (tracking) for characters|
|1270||18||Future||Abiword should graphical columns ala wordperfect 8/9|
|3393||18||---||Table of Contents, Table of Images, Table of Index genera......|
WOW! Talk about taking Dom's message to heart. Lots of big red highlights from my point of view. Basic summary, many RFE's just vanished, among them are mail merge, math equations plugin, "view codes," automated table of contents, support for embedded objects, .doc export (i.e. not .rtf pretending to be .doc), LaTeX importer, save .doc option, window tabs (eww) and import .doc footnotes.
In the past week, the following Bugs have been verified as fixed. The listed Bugs have all been put in either CLOSED or RESOLVED mode as FIXED. and QA will return next week along with the Flushed bugs. I'm sticking with this until we can all do that voting thing since so few of you wrote in on your thoughts of this methode eitherway.
|Bugs Resolved This Week|
|This Week's Most Active QA Helpers:|
|5||Martin "Miracle Worker" Sevior|
|4||Dom "My Wrath Soon Approaches" Lachowicz|
|3||David "Still Here" Null|
|3||Sam "What's the 'TH' again?" TH|
|2||Hubert "I...Am...Root" Figuiere|
|1||Frank "No one really golfs; it's just a practical joke on you" Franklin|
|1||Jordi "Uwog knows nothing of Win32" Mas|
What you see here are either invalid bug reports or duplicates. So, basically, I'm showing everyone else how doofy you are sometimes. On average*, confirming duplication or non-validity takes four minutes and thirty-five seconds. That's the equivelant of 8LLOC of time for Dom. Any other questions why development isn't as fast as you want?
|Non-Bugs Flushed this Week|
|This Week's Most Active Bug Flushers:|
|3||Dave "Yup, I'm still here" Null|
|1||Mark "$20" Gilbert|
Bug spotters, beware, we're watching you!
|Bugs Found this Week|
|Unconfirmed||0, that's right, I said 0, zee-ee-arr-oh, zarro boogs found!|
This is an AbiWord Weekly News original concept: The Release Hackdown. In the table below, you can watch what bugs are being fixed in preparation for the very next release. Check the key at the bottom to understand formatting.
No pressure, guys, I'm sure only 2000 or so people will be watching to see what you do weekly. That breaks down to about 285 people daily and 12 people hourly, so, it's like being peeked at once every five minutes, literally. "Isn't that veird!?"
|HackDown to 1.0.4|
||Can't import Cocoa RTF|
|2223||cannot open psiWord files (re-opened)|
||crash on zoom|
||Cursor not initially in hyperlink dialog|
||Smart Insert Hyperlink, check to see if selected text is a hyperlink|
||rtf sets top and bottom margins to 0 (re-opened)|
|3239||[META] Windows printing bugs|
|3453||Crashes repeatably while attempting to edit header|
|3488||Weird crash when editing|
||Crash when deregistering plugins|
|3561||Crash on embedded AbiWord in Evolution|
|3625||Multi Substitution waste memory|
|3632||editing the numbering style of a roman numeral list hangs/crashes|
|3645||Page setup has a problem with margins in millimeters|
|3678||[STABLE]Crash when editing this Word document|
||XAbiword version for bundle not properly set.|
|3697||[crash] blank abiword document viewed as text (View Source)|
|3755||AbiWord crashes during import of this MS Word document|
||Loading World.abw crashes AbiWord"|
|3858||export wrong content when choosing export to "Simplified Chinese GB_2312-80" encoded text|
||Too Many Curly Brackets in Exported LaTeX (duplicate)|
||The spellchecker has gone gonzo since upgrading from 1.0.2 to 1.0.3|
|4068||Crash when mouse leaves selected header|
|4070||[META] crash on load bugs|
|4093||Program Terminates on Open|
|4097||Save dialog file extension weirdness|
|4125||.doc file does not import correctly (BiDi issues).|
|4183||Save/reload puts spurious characters in simple file in 1.0.3|
||Phantom Text appears after loading file with custom tab settings|
|4283||// comments expose lots of bugs|
|4304||crash when changing font of certain text (e.g. page numbers)|
|4363||[STABLE] Abi crashes after document open/close if text selected|
|removed from list:||3324|
*Strike-out bug numbers and greyed text are resolved.
*Bold bug numbers and bold text are assigned.
*Italicized bug numbers and italicized text are unconfirmed.
*Removed bugs are a sign you're being screwed.
3489 gets crossed off and the rest of the world goes golfing. This just in, Mark owes US$20, net after fees "and junk."
Betchya you thought you knew what went here, eh?
Current Balance: $1497.00
Unique contributors: 44
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