Subject: Re: On the Road to version 1.0
From: Bryce Nesbitt (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Dec 19 2001 - 12:27:40 CST
Dom Lachowicz wrote:
> > > * .svg import (which does nothing but mess up documents for me)
> > Disable .svg for 1.0
> > > * Smart quotes on Linux (the checkbox has no useful effect)
> > Remove smart quotes checkbox from Linux build (don't show a broken control to the user).
> > Hard map imported Windows characters
> > to Linux alternatives (thus loading and saving a document with Linux changes the smart
> > quotes back to normal quotes). See http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/reference/WinCP.asp
> I'd personally rather not do this - if people want to shoot themselves
> in the foot, I'm willing to let them, so long as they know that the gun
> is loaded.
If it were not AbiWord's default behavior on Windows to create quotes incompatible with
Linux I'd agree. But it's a little hard to explain when it's the default on windows.
AbiWord is shipped with safety off on the weapon.
... err... Maybe make smart quotes default off on Windows? ...crummy solution...
> > Change menu "show paragrahps" to read "show markers". "show paragraphs" does not
> > communicate that it will also show bookmarks.
> The phrase is used by many other WPs to describe this functionality,
> including "that" other WP. I'm loathe to change it.
Microsoft Word does not define correctness. Strive for better.
> > Fix rendering issues on Linux.
> Will try our best.
> > > * Execute script (which just says ATTN: for me)
> > "ATTN:" did not communicate to me "Scripting engine not installed". How about
> > ghosting the icon if no scripting engine is installed?
> Now ghosted out.
> > Finish resize image code.
> Will do.
> > Allow images to be anchored to the PAGE. You can make your own image flow using the margin controls.
> Will not do.
> > Add .eps import.
> Done vi ImageMagick plugin. EPS really isn't that common anyway...
> Consider done.
.eps is the only vector image format Abi will support, that makes it special. Bitmap images
don't look professional on paper.
> > > * Autotext
> > Ok, I just think Abi could do without this feature. Personal preference.
> Will keep.
> > Also consier:
> > * Ghost the spellchecker menu if there is no dictionary loaded.
> > DON'T just say that all words are spelled correctly!
> Hard to do, but possible. Not likely for 1.0. I consider the "can't load
> dictionary XYZ" message sufficient warning for the time being.
Easy to do. Global bool starts false, set to true when dictionary loaded.
Ghosting logic is already in place and working for "lock styles". Checking
a bool is much faster than an object reference to the spellchecker.
> Feel free to help with any of these issues. Don't necessarily limit
> yourself to lock styles.
I'd look into page anchoring of images first, because that would mean the most for
the documents I write, and it's the least likely to get attention otherwise.
Of course it's also the hardest to do.
I'll fix crashing bugs also, which are a lot easier to tackle for someone less familar
with the codebase.
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