Subject: Re: "must have" packages
From: Martin Sevior (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Aug 25 2001 - 08:58:49 CDT
On Sat, 25 Aug 2001, Gabriel Gerhardsson wrote:
> When I downloaded 0.9.0 I was very pleased to see that you had done both
> 'en' and 'intl' builds (I'm from Sweden, see). And I'm sure many
> international users was to!
> But to me it seams a bit clumsy to distribute international builds like
> that. Here is why:
> 1. Download size. To force all international users to download a 20mb
> file for every upgrade (yes, they could backup the dictionaries and so
> on, but many people doesn't think of that).
> 2. Doubles the work for packaging. (ok, granted, there's not that big a
> difference between 'en' and 'intl' builds, maybe that small difference
> can be automated(?), but anyway)
> 3. Is it not so that the user can add words into the dictionaries? If
> so, it may be a bit irritating if the dictionaries is replaced every
> time you upgrade AbiWord.
> So I was thinking, maybe it could be possible to distribute the
> dictionaries separately from AbiWord. As one big rpm/deb/etc with all
> dictionaries, or maybe even one rpm/deb/etc for each language.
AbiWord >= 0.9.0 has the really cool feature of being about to
simultaneously spell-check on the fly about 20 different languages. So you
could write a document in English, Norwegian, German and Swedish
with each piece of the document spellchecked in the correct language.
The international rpm has all 20 languages built into it to enable this.
A better solution would have been to provide the 20 different dictionaries
as 20 seperate rpms. However this would have been a lot of work and taken
a lot of time. Time is my number one limited resource.
If someone goes to the trouble of packaging those 20 ispell hashes into
rpms, this problem won't arise again. We'll just leave on SourceForge and
people can download then as they need them.
So we need a volenteer to do this. Someone for whom a 20 megabyte download
is a pain but who never the less needs more than just an english ispell
Sound familar? Any volenteers? No coding needed. Just the time to turn
binary file into a rpm. This would be a great help and I won't make any
more intl rpm's before 1.0.
PS. On a similar vien someone who knows a bit about the Win install system
should try to think of a solution for the win installer too.
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