AbiWord Weekly News #134, (2003, week 10, released 2003.03.10)
Welcome to this issue 134 of the AbiWord Weekly News.
AWN #133 is out there, and Seth continues his trek to making the independent abi file conversion utility. We return you to your previously on time AWN releasals.
This week in development
Fixes to the Linux/PPC build comes in from one unknown hacker, while another name, Larin Hennessy, makes quite the noticeable splash. Snapping back to the release outline for AbiWord II: The Wrath of Dom results in a hard feature freeze. Finally, Hub knocks off two more posers on the Release HackDown for 1.0.5
Silliness of the Week
Mark, you were going to explain Morgan Le Fe and a particle that I'm almost certain most people in Martin's field don't study. Do get on that, I thank you.
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
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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:
[Patch] Use XAP_App::getDefaultEncoding in xap_Strings.cpp [Was Commit: fix caller of wctomb instead] : Anthony Fok has tracked down a major error that has been afflicting non-UTF Chinese locales. Kudos on the patch and the work of locating the individual commits.
abiword from HEAD crashes when started on win32 : Jordi comes back to find that CVS HEAD crashes on start up, which is related to the new true WYSIWYG units work. Mikey tells us that Dom's work around involves turning the rulers off before starting the application (via profile presumably). Just a thought for other sufferers of CVS HEAD on Windows.
imp_msword page number, header, footer? : Seth has interests in importing headers, footers, and page numbers for his new utility. This is just him checking in on the validity of beginning this task himself right now.
statically linking plugin .o files? : Seth, in his on going stripped down converter project, expresses interest in certain plugins for image and file conversion. Dom offers advice on how to implement his current conception of the project...he recommends, of course, the one with the least re-writing of the code.
Build fixes on Linux/PPC : Chad contributes a patch for building on Linux PPC. Dom commits the "more correct version" of the patch, so, Linux PPC users are welcome to test build-ability of CVS HEAD.
Commit: some of Larin's work : Dom commits a bit of patchery from Larin Hennessy, who appears to be a DIT*. Larin learns some of the ropes in via the "but I won't commit" process. Additionally, we learn some of the joys of reverse engineering, e.g. ugly magic.
Re: Announce: 2.0 release plan : As mentioned in Announce: 2.0 release plan, a hard feature freeze has gone into affect; however, it should be noted, despite the release plan being followed at this point, neither January 22nd's soft feature freeze nor February 22nd's 2.0alpha1 release has occurred. The next major milestone, in case you are keeping track, is the strings and documentation freeze on March 30th.
Plugin Status Page on TWiki : The great thing about Twiki is that anyone can help! Randy has located the latest Plugins Page on Twiki, and he's interested in getting some more feedback and review on this particular subject. Marc points out that import and export of plugins in such fields should be considered separately.
CVS compilation missing XftDrawGlyphs : John Coppens brings us another reminder that XFT is a requirement for what will be AbiWord II: The Wrath of Dom. If you're having issues, perhaps you should visit here.
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 importance or points of great interest. This week, interesting topics on the user list included:
AbiWord-1.1.3 on Mandrake 9.0 : John Mellor gets jiggy with the latest developers' build on Mandrake 9.0, only to find the numerous problems that will afflict him on first run. Mandrake users should wait until the mythical 9.1 with XFT2 and other fun things are already available. Above all, as Frank says, "Remember of course that this is a development series...."
Problem: Lines longer than page width : Alfonso Muņoz-Pomer Fuentes is having some character related issues in the latest CVS HEAD. Brady Hegberg has a couple familiar suggestions that have worked on other problems, though, with their own side effects.
Does "make distribution" work for you? -- AbiWord 1.0.4 sources on Linux : Martin Keienburg, whom you would know if 133 was published on time, is having troubles trying to make his own .deb package. Two points that come up are 1) use the checkinstall tool after configure and 2) circumvent the GNUMakefile via make -f Makefile distribution
vi key bindings in AbiWord on Windows XP : Sivakumaran Raman scares me. Vi on Windows? That's just not right. If you have a solution as to why what was in the FAQ failed, feel free to write in (to the list, that is).
Aiksaurus thesaurus plugin for 1.0.4 : John Mellor wishes to use AbiWord 1.0.4 with certain plugins, including, of course, Aiksaurus. Since Rui didn't make the Aiksaurus plugin for Mandrake 9 this time around, John's mix of packages and source have resulted in a great and inconvenient nightmare.
Euro money sign : Bernard Lambey would like an easy way to get the Euro money sign (€) in AbiWord on Linux. Unfortunately, short of character maps or key bindings, there isn't an easy way on Linux (e.g. like Windows alt+nnn).
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 2003.03.02 - 2003.03.08|
|hippietrail||193||C -> C++ cast conversions, Const-correctness, the usual few typo fixes and comment changes, add to plugin .cvsignore files|
fix openUrl vs openHelpUrl issue, remove unused fns, patch from Anthony Fok to get perl bindings compiling again,
patch from Anthony Fok to remove encoding manager and get Chinese working, remove virtual in fv_View,
remove annoying assert,
1) Add new GnomeSpell capable class. GnomeSpell is the Gnome CORBA-based frontend to Aspell. I need to do the configure magic to get this working.
make tbox green again, use correctWord API, numerous memory leak fixes, dead code elimination, free those last few bytes needed to make Unix startup+shutdown cleanly, few cast patches from Larin and another patch from Larin, remove metas (^M), whitespace patches from Larin, fix crash caused by a race in the incremental loader - typing in a window before a view has been created, remove Xft bits lying around
OpenWriter:tidy up some things for wlach so we can get
Bugs: 4575 and 4648
major speed up with Property caching code in fv_View, first fix of FJF's Table bugs, remove selection dirt,
added ruler markers for tables upon creation, endnotes note change to the types you ask for,
endnote now appear at the end of the doc, fixes for tables broken over many pages
Bugs: 4416 and 4657
|uwog||19||insert table dialog gladification, diving make libglade support by Mark Gilbert, nl_NL updates, insert Page Numbers gladification/HIGifying Bug: 4664 (and there was much rejoicing)|
|phearbear*||18||new hack on the renderText routine--we now use AlphaMap if possible, other uninitialized array, font rendering fixes, fixed bug in toolbar resizing--3 Column view now works fine, menus no longer steal focus away from the document area, dynamic help update, C++ cast fixes for compilation, fix for glade diving make on platforms not having glade Bugs: 2467 and 4665|
|mgilbert||15||change the binary name and creation scheme to be consistent with auto* build followed by leagues of work in repairing the damage|
|wlach||11||substantial refactoring of OpenWriter export and add support for exporting span properties, C -> C++ casts by Larin Hennessy, WordPerfect: remove unnecessary marshaller class, fix bad formatting job|
|plam||9||don't try to justify when neg amount of space available Bug: 3280|
|biesi||1||don't const_cast in StarOffice import|
|hub||1||no longer hardcode the include path for png.h for project builder|
|jskov||1||fix comment typo in RTF importer|
*In his own words: most of the summaries are, but I didn't want to clean it up.
*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.
No one received the Patch Prize between the second and eight of March.
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 comes 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 pow5 (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). Oh, and in case you didn't notice, they're a great way to get money from Dom, really!
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
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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 (1.0.4, I would guess, dev and cvs releases may occur as well)
Challenge level: Variable
Current Heros: You must be magical to know how to fix this
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: 1.0.4 only (for now at least)
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
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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
The MoFos who had the Huevos for this POW:
(crash on print)
(text work around)
Name: More Windows Maintainers
Description: Mike, 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|
|3525||90||---||font incorrectly printed and spaced|
|376||80||2.0||File associate problems for all file types with Win32Slu......|
|4057||60||---||Thesaurus Shift+F7 keybindings shortcuts consistency|
|428||44||2.0||Hitting return at the beginning of a paragraph changes fo......|
|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|
|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......|
|3488||20||---||Weird crash when editing|
|1394||17||2.0||on-screen landscape actually prints portrait in Win95|
|2924||15||---||printing abw documents defaults to black pages|
|3083||15||Future||[META] Redesign smart quote system|
|3216||15||1.0.x||[Tabstops Cannot be Set in Second (or Third) Column|
|3801||15||---||Incremental loader seems to struggle with large files|
|4538||15||2.0||Crash when cutting and pasting|
|1865||13||---||Header/footer not loaded properly from .doc|
|2962||13||2.0||Printer problems with Lexmark printers on Windows|
|Top 20 Requests For Enhancement|
|2183||289||Future||Fully Support OpenOffice's XML file format|
|1374||96||Future||[RFE] print odd and/or even pages only (for front & back ...|
|1950||94||Future||Wish for automatic Table of Contents|
|3668||76||---||Support for window tabs instead of separate windows|
|2565||72||Future||Add true MS Word .doc export capability|
|2490||71||2.0||Finish Cocoa Frontend|
|2321||70||---||[RFE] Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?|
|1144||67||Future||Improve KWord import/export filters|
|515||41||Future||columns change should only affect selected text|
|1929||37||Future||Hyphenation is missing in AbiWord|
|2365||36||---||AbiWord needs 'view codes'|
|2186||30||Future||The insert page break setting is lost for custom styles|
|2219||27||Future||AUTONUM wanted in [ Insert/Field/Number ] menu|
|2164||25||Future||Ability to set default print command anywhere|
|2296||25||Future||doc import: footnotes|
|3233||21||2.0||New Language preference menu|
|3419||20||Future||[RFE] Add microspacing feature (tracking) for characters|
|3393||18||---||Table of Contents, Table of Images, Table of Index genera......|
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:|
|2||John L. Clark|
|1||Joe Cash (field cock-up)|
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 equivalent 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:|
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!?"
This documents the progress of various bugs and features Hub hopes to have ironed out by 1.0.5. May the source be with him, always.
|HackDown to 1.0.5|
|2223||cannot open psiWord files (re-opened)|
||crash on zoom|
|3239||[META] Windows printing bugs|
||Crashes repeatably while attempting to edit header|
|3488||Weird crash when editing|
|3561||Crash on embedded AbiWord in Evolution|
|3625||Multi Substitution waste memory|
|3632||editing the numbering style of a roman numeral list hangs/crashes|
||Page setup has a problem with margins in millimeters|
|3678||[STABLE]Crash when editing this Word document|
|3697||[crash] blank AbiWord document viewed as text (View Source)|
||AbiWord crashes during import of this MS Word document|
|3858||export wrong content when choosing export to "Simplified Chinese GB_2312-80" encoded text|
|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|
|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 completely broken|
|4531||Page breaks ignored in RTF|
|4559||section break handling is broken|
|4647||AbiWord 1.0.4 crashes with zh_CN Chinese font locale|
||AbiWord.exe Entry Point Not Found|
||AbiWord 1.0.4 does not compile with gcc-3.2.2 and perl-5.8.0|
*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.
*Normal bug numbers and normal text have not yet been approached.
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|
|2145||2 of 3||FCC 508 accessibility regulation compliance|
|2921||2 of 2||abi can leak memory [tracker bug]|
|3064||6 of 7||[TRACKER] AbiWord Performance|
|3239||27 of 38||[META] Windows printing bugs|
|4425||0 of 0||squash all warnings|
|4465||24 of 36||[META] Spelling bugs|
|4466||12 of 22||[META] "Motion" Bugs|
|4467||9 of 11||[META] Find/Replace bugs and enhancements|
|4488||2 of 13||[META] Help System Bugs|
|4627||14 of 15||[META] Copy/Paste bugs|
Hats off to Hub for taking out two more on his long road to 1.0.5.
See Announce: 2.0 release plan for more details on the intended route towards 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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