AbiWord Weekly News #127, (2003, week 03, released 2003.01.22)
Welcome to this issue 127 of the AbiWord Weekly News.
My New Year's resolution was to get a life, and I guess it must be working, 'cause this is pretty late. The new piece table dallied on peacefully, while Martin Sevior shows of why there's only one Martin Sevior. A Footnotes reader reads about the XFT GTK+2 Abi and gives it a fly, and lots of users ask questions answered numerous times. Ooh, and, a new Hackdown was added for AbiWord II: The Wrath of Dom. Also up, Dom announces Patch Prizes again, including one for last week!
This week in development
Martin has improved footnote functionality to the point that they're more intelligent than Microsoft's attempts. As I type this, 1.1.3 is now released, and 1.0.4 is almost out, leaving Mark with a US$20 bill to foot. Jeremy's ready to show off his screen shot of his spunky new wallpaper, I mean, NSIS2 development. Finally, a friend of Andrew's may soon be appearing in the credits of other people's commits. GO...um, WHOMEVER YOU ARE! Woo-hoo!
Silliness of the Week
Look for the bug :
textAttributeBit = WPX_SUPERSCRIPT_BIT;
Oh God, Marc! What did you do!?
Pics added to the servers so as not to anger Marc's room mates, who have become fond of the phrases "Hessian Death Squad" and "Kill the Editor!" Maybe I should have said something to Hub about the 200-odd K of imagery....
And remember, I give you an email address so you can talk to me, in case you're not on either mailing list.
In this issue:
Editor(s) of this issue: E. A. Zen
If you're interested in using AbiWord for the first time, receiving a more uptodate version, any particular version or special release, feel free to visit the new Latest Releases page.
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:
Please help with crashed file : Andrzej asks how he get the content out of a file that crashes Abiword. Assuming the file is abi-native (awml), Pierre suggests using a web browser, and that removal of the <abiword> tags may need to be removed. The fall back option is to use a text editor, with using some form of mime-decoding utility for images inserted. Which only begs the question, "What about Bonobo components?" Later, due to using these messages as a reply to, David Buddrige asks where to get various versions of Abiword. David would like to write a training manual for Abiword. Dom recommends coordinating his efforts with David Chart, who handles much of the documentational effort. After which, he recommends downloading the requested files from AbiWord's SourceForge Page. Also, Dom points to CVS builds from Jeremy's Nightly Win32 binaries or Uwog's Nightly RPMS
commit: Footnotes placement perfect :-) was (Almost work). : This originates from commit: Footnotes. (Almost work). Martin is proud to announce a simple means of tracking where a footnotes are located during editing and properly updating their location (marker & footnote). One would think a "Trump" should occur in these circumstances, as not even MS got this going quite right.
Announce: Intent to release 1.1.3 next Wednesday : Dom announces the nearing arrival of the next Developers' build of Abiword. Due to the fact I'm releasing this on Wednesday, it is already be available; furthermore, you may now get a tarball off of SourceForge ;-) Additionally, Dom informs us that he plans on doing a decent roadmap for between 1.1.3 and the final arrival of AbiWord II: The Wrath of Dom. On that note, new hackdown for 2.0 available.
Announce: Intent to release 1.0.4 next Wednesday : Hub's all like <elvis>"Hey man, I got this thing going on; who thinks it's time?"</elvis> An' Jordi's all, <elvis>"I'll do that Win-thing for you, man,"</elvis> while Jimmy's all, <elvis>"I got that whole SuSE-thing goin' on when all y'all ready."</elvis> Durin' all that, $20's like, <elvis>"Don't forget about Jeremy, man, and I got a whole cygwin thing goin' on, tell ya what."</elvis>
Meantime, Andrew's experiencing life in the word with 1.1.3 and may get to registering that bug someday.
win32 nsis2 based setup screenshots : Jeremy links to his screenshots of the very pretty Alyson Hannigan, I mean, NSIS interface. Now we know what's keeping him on Windows...NSIS...yeah....
File format typo : Matthew Kirkwood finds a simple little typo that could have horrifying effects. OK, not utterly horrifying, but Dom corrects it anyhow (most only read the homo part, if anything at all).
Windows build documentation : One of Andrew's friends wants to hack and build Abiword while "inbetween jobs." Funny thing, he being on Windows, as he doesn't have MSVC (nor wants to lend his wallet to Billy G.). Andrew's been on the hunt for non MSVC build documentation. Dom tells Andrew it's in abi/docs/build/* , while Jeremy links directly to individual files on his site.
Traffic on the user mailing list is sporadic at best. Often, a good topic comes up, but users tend to only respond to the original poster rather than the list (as well), which limits what I would add, as the only lone threads I post are announcements of great interest or importance. This week, interesting topics on the user list included:
Hello all, I got a little problem with Abiword (also applies to Gnumeric). The space between two letters is too much. I checked all preferences, and honestly can't find anything. I woudn't mind that not all fonts seem to get regognized, I (would) use Abiword for letters and Openoffice for the real big (20 pages +) stuff, so I don't mind the fonts. But right now, I can't use the programm at all for the space problem above. I use Abiword 1.0.2, the packages provided with my RedHat 8.0 Thanks for any help : Truth be told, I only put it up for the title. Anyhow, if you have the same problem, Dom found the solution for you in the mailing list: Re: AW on RedHat 8.0 problems-resolved. I still ping this back to RH, they're evil.
HTML : Bernard learns that Abi's XHTML is, err, experimental. After a good discussion about this, Hub brings us to the interesting part. xhtml documents fail to open: "Bogus html document" msg is a great example of A Bug's Life: The Text-imated Series;.
MSWord tables? : Bruce Bowler wants to know why tables come out all funky on the stable version of AbiWord. Hub brings the clue, with an alternate phrasing to my "[Abiword 1.0.x doesn't] 'do' tables" remark. Just a reminder, everyone, tables are a feature of the development version at this time, and will never be backported. That said, Peter Jacobi pointed out that if there were more prominent links to the Developers' builds on the site, we just might get more testers. If you agree, write your concurrences...now!
Gnome 2 : While I'm reminding you of what many of you already know (hence the remind), AbiWord II: The Wrath of Dom will be in GTK+2 (i.e. GNOME 2), but not GTK+, nor will AbiWord 1.0.x ever be in GTK+2.
Placing digital photos in a document : Dr. Dick* learns something many of you might still need to know. If you want images other than PNG* in Abiword, you will need the ImageMagick plugin. Plugins are available among the SourceForge downloads
Different Profiles for different uses? : Different Abi-Interfaces for different purposes, now that's inspirin'. John Mellor asks and Martin theorizes, while Alan finds the bug. Want to vote for it? It's 4017, ya'll.
Wow, AbiWord is coming along! : No one in particular tries one of Marc's XFT enabled CVS builds and declares the greatest thing since POSIX Threading went GPL. Ok, maybe not that great an exclamation, but certainly something that makes a developer blush ^_^
*PNG: Unrelated, .GIF patents are up sometime this year ^_^
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 2003.01.12 - 2003.01.18|
|hub||75||updated to libpng1.2.5,|
|msevior||52||bug fixes for footnotes, proper footnote ordering, footnote work sint vs int casts from Tomas, footnote placement perfected, made possible to load files containing footnotes, insertion point stay on screen and crash fix|
updated the measureUnRemappedChar, removed last Photon 1.14'isms, removed useless QNX selection functions,
small fix when dialogtab shows wrong label, added support for other types of toolbar types (text,image and both),
removed superclass widget drawing which isn't necessary, QNX rulers now use the clipping data when being exposed,
safe status bar & toolbar enable/disabling, refactoring fixes, made some combo-boxes uneditable,
changed the packagescript so it'll show the GPL license when installing, menu entry now displays abi-icon (abicon),
Dom's caret unbreak patch, removed clip rectangle in rulers for now, cleanups:
removed clipping, made the drawbuffer bigger
|tomas_f||27||fixed faulty comparison, added virtual UT_uint32 getDroppedWidth(), changed control/dropped list sizes, fix bidi caret, bidi work, partial on-screen logic, caret fix|
|dom||22||created widgets w/o double buffering, fix flicker and refresh problems, 2 memory corruption bugs/segvs fixes in PAP.C from Pablo Calamera, fixed bidi caret build, fix problem caused by an unrelenting sea of ifdefs, fix typo, save words to custom dictionary, fixed build, only use the AbiWord custom dict for ispell builds--use the aspell one otherwise, work on barbarisms, asked Jordi for more documentation, and bug 4524|
|phma||4||Mexican localization by Nikolai Vladychevski, Amharic update by Daniel Yacob|
|fjfranklin||1||remembered to initialize variables from last week (frank's a quick one)|
|uwog||1||disabled double buffering on the font preview (speed!)|
*jordimas: system-related work is Windows unless stated otherwise.
*phearbear: system-related work is QNX unless stated otherwise.
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: This Week's Patch Prize
This patch prize winner is no footnote in AbiWord
history. He's the driving force behind most
development, and a teriffic friend of mine. Plus he's
managed to get all of this work done lately without
being distracted by all of those hot Canadian girls
this past month or so.
I'm no Martin Sevior, but he sure is. Martin, thanks
for your tireless work on Abi in general, and most
recently footnotes. It's definitely appreciated.
Announce: Last Week's Patch Prize
Yes, I'm a complete slacker and deserve to be beaten
We've had one exceptionally busy bee in the Win32
community in the past few weeks. For all of his dialog
and keyboard fixes, Jordi, I'm proud to announce that
you are last week's patch prize winner.
Just some thoughts: If Dom deserves to get beaten with rods...what's coming to me!? Also, "Cbeers?" That's copyright infringement! I'm suing Dom under the DMCA!
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).
Description: This bug contains a compilation of numerous spelling-related bugs. Interested parties can do simple work, like Q&A to see what's still there, to more complex work, like dialogue fixin' and locale conversion If you have a current Abi and some time, you, too, can help
Advertisement: My spelring dilog isn nt ther
Recommended Outline: Whatever's easiest for you
Comments: All in all, there's something for everyone in there.
System: Any and every OS.
AbiVersion: Current (1.0.3, I would guess, dev and cvs releases may occur as well)
Challenge level: Variable
Current Heros: First week available
Name: Project Blue Ant.
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 Cooper, Tom Purl and Eric Blom."
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 and Jeremy 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......|
|3550||60||---||Mouse wheel still bugged in documents >59 pages|
|4057||60||---||Thesaurus Shift+F7 keybindings shortcuts consistancey|
|428||54||2.0||Hitting return at the beginning of a paragraph changes fo......|
|3457||51||---||Crash under GNOME when printing|
|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.|
|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...|
|2421||20||2.0||TM, Bullet, Euro, Smart Quotes and other symbols originat......|
|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|
|3083||15||Future||[META] Redesign smart quote system|
|Top 20 Requests For Enhancement|
|2183||248||Future||Fully Support OpenOffice's XML file format|
|1374||96||Future||[RFE] print odd and/or even pages only (for front & back ...|
|1950||88||Future||Wish for automatic Table of Contents|
|2565||72||Future||Add true MS Word .doc export capability|
|2321||70||---||[RFE] Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?|
|1144||67||Future||Improve KWord import/export filters|
|2490||41||2.0||Finish Cocoa Frontend|
|1929||37||Future||Hyphenation is missing in Abiword|
|515||36||Future||columns change should only affect selected text|
|2365||31||---||AbiWord needs 'view codes'|
|2186||30||Future||The insert page break setting is lost for custom styles|
|3668||28||---||Support for window tabs instead of separate windows|
|2219||27||Future||AUTONUM wanted in [ Insert/Field/Number ] menu|
|2296||25||Future||doc import: footnotes|
|1935||22||Future||inconsistecy re "units" selection in 3 different places|
|3233||21||2.0||New Language preference menu|
|3419||20||Future||[RFE] Add microspacing feature (tracking) for characters|
This shouldn't be here.
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. Can you believe I said QA will return next week when it's been here (or not been here) for three weeks? Final reminder, owners are the squishers and qa are the flushers (in case there's some question).
One other note, and this will apply across the bug area when the idea of credit comes up,
|Bugs Resolved This Week|
|This Week's Bug Squishers:|
|14||Dave "EgoBloat" Null|
|9||Martin "I am...Martin Sevior!" Sevior|
|6||Hubert "DEAL!" Figuiere|
|6||Sam "Terribly Happy" TH|
|3||Dom "I Freeze Trees in My Spare Time" Lachowicz|
|3||Jordi "My Prize Better Not be Late!" Mas|
|2||Andrew "Shaw" Dunbar|
|2||Frank "Mind Like a Steel and Sapphire Trap" Franklin|
|1||Joaquin Cuenca Abela|
|1||John L. Clark "Kent"|
|1||David "Phear the Phrog, Don't Watch WB" Chart|
|1||Johan "I Own Every Album by" Björk|
|1||Patrick Lam "bert"|
|1||Will "The Luck" Lachance|
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:|
|10||Dave "Never Dead" Null|
|6||No One "Caught Me"|
|1||Frank "Better Late than Never!" Franklin|
Bug spotters, beware, we're watching you!
|Bugs Found this Week|
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!?"
As Hub just froze the tree, this hackdown really stands for Mark owing $20
|HackDown to 1.0.4|
||down arrow on last line must goto EOL|
||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|
|4481||Format > Tabs dialog box completly broken|
||Build error on ap_UnixApp.cpp|
|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.
On our way to two-point-oh, affectionately referred to as, AbiWord II: The Wrath of Dom
|HackDown to AbiWord II: The Wrath of Dom|
|Bug ID||Open of Total||Description|
|2921||2 of 2||abi can leak memory [tracker bug]|
|3064||6 of 6||[TRACKER] AbiWord Performance|
|3239||30 of 37||[META] Windows printing bugs|
|4425||0 of 0||squash all warnings|
|4465||21 of 29||[META] Spelling bugs|
|4466||16 of 22||[META] "Motion" Bugs|
|4467||11 of 11||[META] Find/Replace bugs and enhancements|
|4488||4 of 12||[META] Help System Bugs|
|4489||2 of 2||[META] Accessibility bugs|
Added 4481 and 4487 to stable, the latter being taken care of already. Mark...guess what.
Other than the Accessibility bugs not appearing to have anything to do with accessibility, I present the screenplay to Abiword II: The Wrath of Dom.
Open Source, Open Books. Approximately once a month, don't hedge bets, I'll get this updated by asking (read: whining at) dom. In the meantime, whenever you want to see how much is in and where it gets diverted, just peek down here.
Current Balance: $1616.00
Unique contributors: 58*
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