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."
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:
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.
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.
[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.
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.
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."
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).
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.
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:
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!
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|
|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
|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
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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 Heros: Jordi Mas, Jeremy Davis
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|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.
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!|
|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|
||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||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
$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*
check : 3
cash : 1
*58: plusse 3 repeat offenders whom we love dearly
Less paypal and other banking fees: $115.00
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