AbiWord Weekly News #195,
      (For the week ending May 8th, the 19th week of 2004)

Welcome to this issue #195 of the AbiWord Weekly News.


      Home directories are not yet on BlueAnt, so, there will be no graphs, yet :(

This week in development

      MSVC development continues under Mikey, while Martin squashes bug after bug!   News relatively sparse as Nyorp gets locked out by The Man!

Request for User Assistance

      Attention Indic and Arabic users!   We need more of you to attempt to use and report bugs on CVS Head.   As we continue to improve the glyph-shaping engine, we will need to know what is working and what is not.   You, our users, are an essential part of our community development.   Please participate in helping us improve the application all of us are using.

      In case you haven't guessed, the fact that the plea below, languages, has remained unchanged is because no-one has even told us they're trying to help.   However, we were told that two were not that different (if at all) from a close linguistic relative.   That said, please-oh-please give us assistance.

      Hi there.   We're looking for people who can help keep AbiWord accurate and uptodate in a number of languages.   Please look over them and see if ither you or someone you know might be able to assist us.   Remember, your contribution is not only welcomed or encouraged but is also documented, for an easier-to-brag experience.   The languages we are looking for are listed below:

  • Afrikaans[af-ZA]
  • Armenian[hy-AM]
  • Assamese[as-IN]
  • Chinese (Singapore)[zh-SG]
  • Cornish[kw-GB]
  • Corsican[co-FR]
  • Croatian[hr]
  • Esperanto[eo]
  • Estonian[et]
  • Farsi[fa-IR]
  • Flemish (Belgium)[nl-BE]
  • Frisian[fy-NL]
  • Georgian[ka-GE]
  • Hausa (Niger)[ha-NE]
  • Hausa (Nigeria)[ha-NG]
  • Hindi[hi-IN]
  • Icelandic[is-IS]
  • Korean[ko-KR]
  • Macedonian[mk]
  • Marshallese (Nauru)[mh-NR]
  • Occitan[oc-FR]
  • Thai[th-TH]
  • Urdu[ur-PK]

      Due to the traffick of people who are trying to help with picked up languages, those who are interested in helping us are encouraged to join ither mailing list.   Please read the instructions for the list you are most interested in joining to get the correct address.   Joining, as you'll find out, is a simple three step process.   First, send a letter to one email address; second confirm you sent the letter by sending a reply, and third...oops, there is no step three.   Ok, so, excluding all the minor steps of what to click and/or type, it's really a simple two-step process.

      There are just two important reminders in using the mailing lists which all users are expected to do.   If you want your message to even make it to the list, you message will need to be in plain text only.   Due to an insurgence of a certain virus a while back, all HTML email is rejected for reasons of sanity.   Webmail users will have to figure out how to turn on plain-text only before sending email.   Second, you are required to send the language in Engrish or English.   For those of you who don't speak English well enough to send Engrish, it is recommended that you send the letter in both your native language (identify your language please) and after that, in the same message, send it in a machine-translated version of your message, like BabelFish, in case no-one who speaks your language is available to translate your message for the list.   Failure to follow these proceedures in the past have led to frustration and resentment.   We apologise in advance for any inconvenience these two requests may cause you.

Silliness of the Week


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.


CVS Stats

      Keep track of the latest developments, from bug fixes to requested enhancements.   You'll find it easy to watch the progress made by the developers or individual developers involved.   Perhaps you'll even be encouraged to try a development build of either branch.

Developments for 2.0 from May 2nd through the 8th of 2004
Who Commits In summary
Mikey Cooper 13 Work on MSVC6
MSVC6:   get ABI-2-0-0-STABLE compiling under MSVC6, simplify MSVC6 build process (no more manual copying of files should be required)

Hubert Figuière  1 Lone bug fix.
6756:   Crash when inserting footnote with caret inside a table that's inside a header/footer

Developments for 2.1 from May 2nd through the 8th of 2004
Who Commits In summary
Martin Sevior 36 Lots and Lots of bug squishing!
Cross Platform:   fix crash toggling between numbered and bullet lists
File Types:
Rich Text Format:   fix assert and maybe crash on dragging frames
5047:   footnotes not "smart"
5850:   Spelling error "Red line", when auto spell check is disabled.
6719:   Textboxes remain unrefreshed when turning auto spellcheck off/on
6755:   TOCs cannot be inserted directly above tables
6756:   Crash when inserting footnote with caret inside a table that's inside a header/footer
6757:   Crash when inserting footer with caret inside a table that's inside a header
6758:   Crash when inserting header with caret inside a table that's inside a footer
6772:   When inserting table in header, you cann't move caret down
6773:   When inserting 2 tables in header, the second table causes strange caret movement
6777:   Some elements cannot be inserted directly above tables
6778:   Crash when undoing insertion of page number in header/footer
6779:   Crash when dragging textbox into header/footer
6787:   Table functions disabled in initial cell

Mikey Cooper 18 Work towards the MSVC's compilability.
MSVC6:   simplify build process (no more manual copying of files should be required)
MSVC7.1:   more build work, remove MSVC6 pre-comiled header cruft, copy MSVC-specific headers automatically
6275:   Turning status bar off makes Horizontal Ruler Disappear
6776:   Extra toolbars created when enabled in fullscreen mode

Tomas Frydrych 15 Work on various things, include History and Revisions and Table of Contents.
History and Revisions:   lots of little fixes
Cross Platform:   fix notification of document dirtiness and file name change, robustness fixes, comment out assert
Windows:   improve a cursor related assert to stop it from preventing debugging
6722:   (incomplete) import of TOC from MS word
6749:   Unswitchable letter substitution

Hubert Figuière  2 Corrections to the documentation.
ReadMe:   restored mainpage and reorg
Doxygen:   fix typo

Marc Maurer  1 Correction to the documentation.
Doxygent:   remove treeview



      It's happening Really Soon Now™!

Bug Update

Bug Market


      This week's activity: ResoUnconf +12 (12 : 0), VeriNew +13 (19 : 6), ClosAssi -4 (0 : 4),

      A drop in ClosAssi has otherwise dimmed the surprising upswing in VeriNew.   Alan Bluespan indicated another market correcting effort would likely begin soon.   Louis Bugkeyser, however, noted that it would still result in an upswing in the market.   As the release of 2.2 approaches, feelings about the market remain mixed.

      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  misfeatures 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 MisFeatures™ as of May 8th, 2004
ID Votes Milestone Summary
 376  82 2.0.x File associate problems for all file types with Win32Slu......
3778  46 --- Hanging indent setting ignores units
5059  41 2.2 Recent Files breaks with international file names
5815  35 --- Variable-width font issue
4745  31 Future Change colour of foreground text for screen only
2362  30 2.2 AbiWord only prints across half of page
4031  30 Future Hebrew status line message is not displayed correctly
5252  30 2.2 Contrast between cursor (caret) and background is ruined ......
5782  30 --- Abiword hangs opening attached Word document
5794  30 --- Horizontal space and distortion at print page break in We......
6181  30 --- cursor position is not updated when changing paragraph style...
2868  26 2.0.x character widths are not calculated correctly for some fonts...
2421  24 2.0.x TM, Bullet, Euro, Smart Quotes and other symbols originat......
6011  21 --- Spelling check provides bad suggestions and improperly pl......
6354  20 --- --merge=FILE command line option does not work in abiword...
1679  17 --- List changes should keep selection
3216  15 2.2 Tabstops Cannot be Set in Second (or Third) Column
3801  15 Future [META] Seems to struggle with large files
4896  15 2.0.x the very last character can't be selected
Top 20 Requests For Enhancement as of May 8th, 2004
ID Votes Milestone Summary
2183 458 Future Fully Support OpenOffice's XML file format
3668 166 Future Support for window tabs instead of separate windows
4038 146 --- Outline View Support
2321 145 2.2 [RFE] Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?
1374 108 Future [RFE] print odd and/or even pages only (for front & back ...
4057  70 --- Thesaurus Shift+F7 keybindings shortcuts consistency
1144  68 Future Improve KWord import/export filters
2365  51 --- AbiWord needs 'view codes'
1929  50 Future Hyphenation is missing in Abiword
 515  41 2.0.x columns change should only affect selected text
1851  36 Future [rfe] Ability to create an ALL CAPS style, and Small Caps......
2473  35 2.0.x [rfe] Support move & resize of images anchored to a page...
1235  30 Future [RFE] Not possible to change zoom and font size on toolba...
2463  30 --- support embedded objects
2219  27 Future AUTONUM wanted in [ Insert/Field/Number ] menu
2169  24 Future Line numbering
3233  23 2.0.x New Language preference menu
3419  20 Future [RFE] Add microspacing feature (tracking) for characters
2136  15 Future A Latex importer would be nice and useful

      Bugzilla was inaccessible to most users this week.

Release HackDown

      When I'm caught up again....

Abi's Relatives

      Several projects are used by, use or synchronise with AbiWord.   Some of the most noteworthy libraries and applications will be summarised here.   Some may be added under guise of the GNOME Office Suite.; others may be added because it's really just a plug by request.   Want your project plugged?   Send money to Dom.   I'm offering rates of $10 per plug, $25 for a month-long plug, $50 for a quartly plug and $200 to go all year.   P*ing us off or the discontinuation of this section does not result in a refund.


      AbiWord uses several libraries, and other sub-applications, to give it that extra bit of polish.   Here, you will learn whatever news I scrape together or has been sent to me in relation to them.   I wanted to do more this week, but not so much.

Open Text Summarizer

      Pretty much nothing.


      Nothing since February.


      I'm guessinnnn'...squat.




      AbiWord is crucial to the use of, coordinates development with, or to some extent relies upon a number of applications.   Only one two of these applications make it easy for me to steal information from them, so, we're talking about a lot of blog reading.

Windows World

      Here, we'll explore our Windows associates more.   Well...it's currently only the one, but it's a very important one.

Nullsoft Scriptable Install System

      Since 2.0 was released, there really has been much news to report.

GNOME Office Suite

      Since I don't know of applications outside of AbiWord that use AbiWord, I'll be doing this Gnome Office business.   These people should have newsletters, so, I can steal crap from them.


      More Gnumeric-on-Windows speculation.   Since Advogato just gone'd missin', I can't tell you if there's anything else.


      Nothing documented in the News section in or Rodrigo's blog, so, I know as much as you: Jack Squat ain't said no thang.


      I've heard nothing.   I've found little, but didn't look that hard, to be honest.

      Now, another possibility, and a possible future AbiShow, at that, Colin JN Breame proposed the possibility that he and a friend would like to make a PowerPoint clone.   Lots of discussion off and on list, and you'll probably find it very educational, even if you're a little curious about politics and project development and whatever else.   Don't worry, I'll keep an eye on 'er for ya for awhile ;o)


      Either I accidentally dismissed a window, or there have been no new developments since Dave's absence.


      Look, a place to talk about the AWN

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      No user mail, no users to report about.   I still love them, though.   Send money...you can see we need it!

Open Source, Open Books.

Last Updated: December 13th, 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.

      These are numbers from all of time!   Everything since the paypal AbiFund has been setup is in here, not just this month or just this week.   Just in case you didn't figure that out, I'm restating it since the PayPal incident first incited interest in this.

Current Balance: $2144.20
Interest earned: $19.34

Expenditures: $2185
$210 to feed 12 people at GUADEC
$100 to pay for Marc's work on the new server
$700 to pay for the new server
$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
-   -   note: Pat and Dom went to an Italian restaurant named Dom's on Boston's North End.   Neither Pat or Dom seem to recommend visiting Dom's anytime soon.   Actually, I didn't ask Pat, but I'm pretty sure he'd agree.   Personally, I recommend avoiding Dom altogether.   Hmm, typo, what?

Unique contributors: 61*
paypal: 66
check :  3
cash  :  1
*61: plusse 3 repeat offenders whom we love dearly

Contributions: $2311.84
Less paypal and other banking fees: $167.64

PLEASE!  Help promote AbiWord development by donating money. The money go to a general AbiWord "fund", presently hosted by Dom Lachowicz (cinamod@hotmail.com).
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