AbiWord Weekly News #148, (2003, week 24, released 2003.06.15)

Welcome to this issue 148 of the AbiWord Weekly News.


      Last week's edition was error-prone, xhtml-wise (don't tell Hub!).

This week in development

      This week, you can learn how to add OTS to your applications, help us develop Windows, see what icons from Jimmac can do to the Abi-Interface and witness the miracle of OpenSource.   Also, Marc is still many euros in debt, and we are still without our server.

Request for user assistance

      If you want an equally rich and powerful Windows release, we really, really could use some Windows developers.   A whole mess of people with even just an hour a week could help.   Of course, the "three with only two hours a week" model hasn't been helping!   We're desperate!   We'll take a line a day if there's enough of you!   Please help...please!   Doesn't a platform like yours deserve a chance?

      Windows users, your help is doubly requested*.   We would like to see more bug reports coming from the Windows crowd, so, if you're feeling more daring, please download and try out the Win32 binaries when they're available.   If you want some sweet functionality in AbiWord II: The Wrath of Dom, you will have to participate.   You could also consider joining Project Blue Ant.

      Attention users with spare change.   Marc ended up on the wrong end of a money conversion.   He's now 144 euros in debt for our soon to exist alternative server at the University of Twente*.

Silliness of the Week

      I had a a few things, but can no longer remember them.   So, instead, I thought I'd show something off from Alan.   Actually, I've never even checked the link, but if it's there, it's nifty.   I present: Abi on a Floppy

      Want to stop unjust things from happening in chat?   Join!   It's #abiword at irc.gimp.org

*requested: Danger, a recent incident suggests that this may cause anxiety, anger and/or mood shifts.   Windows users not taking MAOI's should have some level of alcohol within their bloodstream.
*University of Twente: I believe "Twente" is nederland for "Porn."

This Issue

      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 up-to-date 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.   Actually, everything I say is purely editorial.   You kind of get used to it.


Traffic on the  developer mailing list has settled at about 200-400 postings per week.   This week, interesting topics on the developer list included:

  1. Writing OTS plugins :   Nadav brings us the first draft how to create plugins to utilize OTS for your application.   The Open Text Summariser is a great utility for any application that works with documents -- from text editors to web browsers, wordprocessors to search utilities, OTS can be used to condense the information in any document of text you can through at it.   Here's you chance to get started on enabling your application to use OTS, or simply a chance to learn about this remarkably useful new tool.

  2. commit (HEAD): doc props import :   Tomas adds the functionality of importing properties within a document, closing a number of related bugs.   Currently, this is only functional within the abiword native format, but may be included in other file types in the future.

  3. [RESENT] [PATCH] Unix Password Dialog HIGification patch :   Christian Neumair has corrected the Password Dialogue in an ongoing effort of HIGrrrification™.   The dialogue returns to the old "OK" in place of the "Authenticate".   Appropriate links within.   Inappropriate screenshot here.

  4. ATTN: Steal me some artwork! , Commit: Icon work and Commit: operation stolen artwork complete :   By "steel," my client, Mr. Lachowicz, meant "borrow in a way appropriate to the license of its source."   Dom's desire to show off for GUADEC has resulted in a desperate search for yummy graphics.   Jimmac has provided some nice stuff to steal, but the "New Document" icon was reverted, as it was prettier   Want a comparison?   See this.   Personally, I like the old insert image.

  5. Abiword 2.0 win32 release :   Jordi Mas cites problems with the limited number of Win32 work being done for AbiWord II: The Wrath of Dom, mainly, that the Win32 port may not be ready in time for the release.   This is a call to arms for Win32 developers who can help Jordi bring the port up to the level of "usable."

  6. Release on Thursday. , Tree tagged with tag-1-99-1 and Source Tarballs for 1.99.1 are on sourcefore - please make binaries. :   Hmm, from 1.1.x to 1.99.x in two releases; if I didn't know better, I'd say some recent event, perhaps a convention of some sort, has been playing with Dom and Martin's minds.   For good or for worse, you can now fetch 1.99.x releases of Abiword at SourceForge, or on the Latest Releases page.   Currently, only source and SuSE 8.2 are available (currently = Saturday night).

  7. Commit (BOTH): More BeOS and Commit (BOTH): BeOS work :   It's official!   BeOS is not dead!   Uh, well, that depends on whom you ask.   Let me restate that, "The BeOS port of AbiWord is not dead."   Be-Lovers may thank the new BeOS maintainer, Jun Suzki.   Congratulations to all three of you, Jun, Abi and Be.   Freaks.

  8. wv 0.7.6 released :   Dom releases a special edition of the wv library - - this one made with special attention to the vaporware project, Gentoo.   Many of the fixes here, as some readers may remember, come from Tomas.

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:

  1. AbiWord 1.9.1 Windows Binary? :   Martin R. Bartels, like many others, is looking for a Windows binary.   1.9.1 is a bit out of date, so, if you don't mind limited-functionality/limited-featured version of Abiword, Mikey has offered another MSYS Binary.   Despite a quickie tutorial from Jeremy when last brought up, Mikey has been unable to add all the bells and whistles.   But, hey, it's something, jam it!


CVS Stats

      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 2003.06.08 - 2003.06.14
Who Commits In summary
Dom "The Defendant" Lachowicz 88 gladify field dialogue, all importers now load normal.awt to suck in its styles first, fix crash with 0 plugins, fix 0 width space problem, define the normal style, unix passwd dialog patch, make this always open as a template, fix corruption in the ps print output- disable outputting the document's title for now, remove previous GNOME stock icons & add new JIMMAC APPROVED!!!  icons (aka Operation: Stolen Artwork), remove src/af/ev/unix/gnome from the build, fix problem where scrollbars never show up, artwork for non-gtk+ platforms, bump plugins' version number, fix mail merge regression
Hubert "Council for the Defendant" Figuiere 46 Jun Suzki's BeOS patch [Menu item can enable/disable, option dialog fixes, font dialog fixes, full-screen mode works correctly] and Jun Suzki's BeOS patch II [File -> open copy / save copy works well, number keypad works, enable env LANG=, bookmark and hyperlink dialog]
OS X: caret now works, printing just works, Page Setup dialog, move that file away to the proper location in printing, file changes to project builder
Bug: 5236
Tomas "Bail Money" Frydrych 22 fix bsearch and qsort functions, style-only import, doc properties import with styles-only import, fix getCodeFromCode(), fix ligature handling, fix indent handling in rtl paragraphs, remove stale debug code, shortcut for width calculations of 0-width spaces, added UCS_LIGATURE_PLACEHOLDER (0xf854), code cleanup, mechanims to check for glyph availability, removed stale code, extracted some code from _draw() into inlined member functions, ligature handling, changes reflecting use of UCS_LIGATURE_PLACEHOLDER
Marc "Pleading the Fifth" Maurer 16 just some indentation nonsense in toolbar icons, update the toolbar icons to look more consistent--icons stolen from Jimmac
Martin "Bail Jumper" Sevior 12 find/replace works with complex docs with tables/footnotes et c, fix left and top ruler zooms, fix some crashes which occurred hiding and showing the rulers, make cursor follow "increase/decrease indent", don't crash inserting footnotes, fix printing of Symbol fonts for gnome-print, bump version number to 1.99.1
Frank "Offshore Banking" Franklin 10 AbiBits: add toolbar titles to a new Toolbars menu, fix toolbar (Carbon) window close logic by using Carbon events
Andrew "I didn't see anything" Dunbar  6 Yiddish .po update from Raphael Finkel, fixed language code declaration, Polish update from Andrzej Pruszynski, Slovenian update from Andraz Tori
Bugs: 5239, 5240
David "Absconded with the cash" Chart  2 renamed the 1.9.2 changelog to 1.99.1 & updated it to 10/6/03.
Jordi "Hostile Witness" Mas*  2 fixes icons in win32 select lang

*Jordi Mas:  system-related work is Win32 unless stated otherwise.


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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...
System:  Windows
Challenge level:  ****. 4 stars out of 5
Current Heros:  Jordi Mas, Jeremy Davis

Bug Update

Bug Market


      This week's activity: ResoUnconf +17 (17 : 0), VeriNew -2 (0 : 2), ClosAssi -1 (1 : 2),

      ResoUnconf has an unprecedented sweep, the opposite of the expectations, thus far, from warnings made last week.   With the continuing downward trend of the two other markets, it seems that this trend will continue until the 2.0 cycle is complete.   Analyst Louis Bugkyser anticipates that this will remain so until the end of the quarter, or about a month, whichever comes first.   Meantime, out on the floor, one of the bidders suggested adding a fax function.   How's that for not bloating the word processor?

      For information about how to view the chart, please read 142's Special Interest.

Bug Votes

      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
ID Votes Milestone Summary
 376  80 2.0 File associate problems for all file types with Win32Slu......
 3550  61 --- Mouse wheel still bugged in documents >59 pages
3778  40 --- Hanging indent setting ignores units
2362  32 1.0.x AbiWord only prints across half of page
3970  31 --- changing layouts can lead to showing other location than ......
4049  30 --- Crash on open file from floppy or network drive.
4722  30 --- When using -p or --print the output isn't usable
4745  30 Future Change colour of foreground text for screen only
2421  25 2.0 TM, Bullet, Euro, Smart Quotes and other symbols originat......
2868  22 2.0 character widths are not calculated correctly for some fonts...
5198  18 --- Justification doesn't work
1394  17 2.0 on-screen landscape actually prints portrait in Win95
2924  15 --- printing abw documents defaults to black pages
3216  15 1.0.x [Tabstops Cannot be Set in Second (or Third) Column
3801  15 --- Incremental loader seems to struggle with large files
1865  13 --- Header/footer not loaded properly from .doc
2962  13 2.0 Printer problems with Lexmark printers on Windows
3671  12 --- Page header and footer are incorrectly exported to RTF
1613  11 1.0.x undo does not know about replacing
Top 20 Requests For Enhancement
ID Votes Milestone Summary
2183 375 Future Fully Support OpenOffice's XML file format
3668 111 --- Support for window tabs instead of separate windows
1950 110 Future Wish for automatic Table of Contents
1374 108 Future [RFE] print odd and/or even pages only (for front & back ...
2321 100 --- [RFE] Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?
2490  98 2.0 Finish Cocoa Frontend
1144  72 Future Improve KWord import/export filters
2565  72 Future Add true MS Word .doc export capability
4057  60 --- Thesaurus Shift+F7 keybindings shortcuts consistency
 515  41 Future columns change should only affect selected text
2365  39 --- AbiWord needs 'view codes'
2366  39 Future implement floating frame
1929  37 Future Hyphenation is missing in Abiword
1851  31 Future [rfe] Ability to create an ALL CAPS style, and Small Caps......
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
2169  24 Future Line numbering
2663  23 2.0 Normal View mode

      A return of interest for 3671, Page header and footer are incorrectly exported to RTF, which bumped 4062, Abiword crashes when used with Acrobat Distiller, off the chart.   More shuffling in Enhancements, but 3233, New Language preference menu was knocked off, making room for 2663, Normal View mode.

Release HackDown

      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!?"


      Hub...is there a metabug, and I missed it?

HackDown to 1.0.5 no more!
Bug ID Description
2223 cannot open psiWord files (re-opened)
2715 crash on zoom
3239 [META] Windows printing bugs
3453 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
3645 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)
3755 AbiWord crashes during import of this MS Word document
3766 Dvorak Keyboard
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
4449 EV_EditBindingMap::removeBinding() leaks
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
4650 Abiword.exe Entry Point Not Found
4656 AbiWord 1.0.4 does not compile with gcc-3.2.2 and perl-5.8.0

  1 Unconfirmed
12 Unapproached
10 Assigned
  7 Resolved

*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  4 of  5 FCC 508 accessibility regulation compliance
2921  2 of  2 abi can leak memory [tracker bug]
3064  6 of  7 [TRACKER] AbiWord Performance
3239 20 of 39 [META] Windows printing bugs
4142  3 of 12 make AbiWord comply with GNOME HIG
4425  0 of  0 squash all warnings
4465 17 of 37 [META] Spelling bugs
4466 10 of 22 [META] "Motion" Bugs
4467  8 of 11 [META] Find/Replace bugs and enhancements
4488  1 of 13 [META] Help System Bugs
4627 11 of 16 [META] Copy/Paste bugs
4734  0 of  0 RFE: Ability to link plugins statically
5007  0 of  0 bidi in tables
5023  0 of  0 format footnote dialogue needs 'do not restart' option
5080  0 of  0 Abiword doesn't print arabic texts with vovels properly.
5119  0 of  0 setting meta-data does not dirty the document
5232  4 of  4 [META] Win32 Blocker bugs for 2.0 Release

      Our new bug, 4743, discusses the need for static plugins due to the fact that QNX cannot support them.   I believe the makers of MetaCity would claim that this is a problem with the OS, but since we're an application, I guess, according to MetaCity, we should, by default, automatically adjust for such OS design differences, know when sunspots will hit and when an operating system is about to crash....   On a less bitter note, 5232, [META] Win32 Blocker bugs for 2.0 Release, will be keeping track of the Win32 effort, originaly for the front end bits.   In related news, a bug was knocked off of 3239, the Windows printing bugs.

      See Announce: 2.0 release plan for more details on the intended route towards Abiword II: The Wrath of Dom.

Open Source, Open Books.

Last Updated: April 10, 2003

      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.

      Word of caution, numbers lightly fudged due to (hopefully) temporarily incomplete data.   Like a consultant's suggested price, you'll find hidden meaning in the data if you stare long and hard.   Surgeon's General's Warning:  Staring long and hard may have psychotropic affects; keep out of reach of people who like that sort of thing.

      I cannot promise the time of de-fudging, nor can I promise there will be de-fudging any time soon. However, I feel confident that there will be some de-fudging going on.

Current Balance: $1604.34
Interest earned: $8.64

Expenditures: $950
$400 to pay for Martin's Boston Gnome Summit Trip
$400 to buy Andrew Dunbar a new computer
$ 60 to misc./entertainment expenses at GNOME summit, GUAD3C, other, paid out of dom's pocket
$225 Patch Prize (those already successfully awarded)
-   $ 45 Will Lachance
-   $ 45 Marc Maurer
-   $ 45 Ruud Vring
-   $ 45 Patrick Lam
-   $ 45 Dom Lachowicz

Unique contributors: 58*
paypal: 57
check :  3
cash  :  1
*58: plusse 3 repeat offenders whom we love dearly

Contributions: $2723.00
Less paypal and other banking fees: $115.00

PLEASE!  Help promote AbiWord development by donating money. The money go to a general AbiWord "fund", presently hosted by Dom Lachowicz (cinamod@hotmail.com).
In order to donate money, you must have a PayPal account. If you do not already have one, the links above will allow you to open one. Please consider putting cinamod@hotmail.com in the "Referral ID" field, which results in a one-time $5 donation from PayPal to AbiWord development if you verify your account. Note that only donations of $3 or more are of interest. Sorry, this is due to the fees imposed by credit card companies and PayPal.