From: Andrew Dunbar (email@example.com)
Date: Wed May 08 2002 - 02:16:15 EDT
--- Martin Sevior
<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >
> On Wed, 8 May 2002, [iso-8859-1] Andrew Dunbar
> > We aim at robust inter-operability with existing
> > products, such as Microsoft Word«, Corel's
> > WordPerfect«, and others. Our goal is to
> > the most useful features of these competing
> > applications without the fluff, bloat, or slowness
> > that accompany them. The result is a lean and mean
> > word processor, the download size being less than
> > megabytes.
> > -- I don't like the word 'slowness'. Maybe
> > 'inefficiency'. 'fluff' also sounds a bit
> > derogatory and we're probably not fluff-free in
> > eyes of many users either. And some fluff is
> > good fluff (:
> I left in fluff and changed slowness to
> > The worldwide team of AbiWord volunteers is
> > hard at work developing the next release of
> > which will include advanced features such as
> > and support for more complex languages. Users,
> > writers, translators, testers, and developers are
> > encouraged to try out AbiWord and see what they'd
> > to add next.
> > -- This is the perfect place to advertise for
> > international developers. I can't emphasize
> > how badly we are going to need especially Indian
> > and/or Southeast Asian developers. The same goes
> > translators.
> I put a request for Korean, Arabic and South Asian
> developers and
I'm a bit concerned about "Arabic developers". The
"Arabic script" is also used by tens of millions of
non Arabs, especially in Iran and Pakistan and
their versions of the script actually require a bit
more expertise than plain old Arabic so their input
would be more valuable.
That said, I'm not quite sure what an accurate and
politically correct wording would be without sounding
overly jargonistic - any ideas?
> > -- I would also personally make the fact that
> > aren't here yet more prominent. Closer to the
> > We should defuse this expectation before people
> > their hopes up. We probably should say something
> > the effect of 'it does almost everything except
> > tables,
> > which is the #1 priority for the next version'.
> > But we also don't want to make it sound like that
> > version is a couple of weeks away...
> I decided to leave it as is. Introducing that
> earlier negates some of the
> positive vibes we engenger.
Well that's what we do now. We give them positive
vibes - and then we negate them. I'd prefer not to
make them expect too much early on is all.
Since many people feel the lack of tables make AbiWord
unusable or a toy I think we should do this. for
almost any other missing feature I'd do just as you've
> > Get AbiWord Now
> > AbiWord is available for Linux and other Unix
> > variants, Windows, MacOSX and QNX and is
> > free. You can learn more about AbiWord from our
> > website at http://www.abiword.com/.
> > -- It's not *really* available for OSX. We should
> > say something more to the effect of "a version
> > can run on OSX" since it's not a native port. We
> > should also state that the native port is in the
> > works.
> I changed to "runs natively on Linux, Win and QNX".
> And with a version
> that runs on MacOSX.
> > inc.
> > « WordPerfect is a registered Traemark of Corel
> OK? Other typos/suggestions?
> PS. Still waiting for the webteam to wake up :-)
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--><!-- This HTML file was created by AbiWord.
--><!-- AbiWord is
a free, Open Source word processor.
--><!-- You may obtain more
information about AbiWord at www.abisource.com
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font-family: "Times New Roman";
padding-top: 1in; padding-bottom: 1in;
padding-left: 1in; padding-right: 1in;
font-family: "Times New Roman";
<h1>Word Processing for Everyone<br>
<span style="font-size: 14pt;">AbiWord 1.0
<h2>For Immediate Release</h2>
<p>May 8th, 2002 -- The AbiWord team is proud to
announce the first global
release of the award-winning Open Source word
processor, AbiWord version
1.0.1.┬á More than three years in the making, AbiWord
is a reliable, extensible,
cross-platform word-processor with many powerful
<p>We aim at robust inter-operability with existing
products, such as Microsoft
Word┬«<span style="font-family: 'Symbol';"></span>,
style="font-family: 'Symbol';"></span>, and others.
Our goal is to incorporate
the most useful features of these competing
applications without the fluff,
bloat, or inefficiency that accompany them. The
result is a lean and mean
word processor, the download size being less than 4
<p>Translations and as-you-type spell checking are
available for more than
30 different languages on 6 continents, including
Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew,
and Indonesian. An English language thesaurus is
available as a separate
<p>The worldwide team of AbiWord volunteers is already
hard at work developing
the next release of AbiWord, which will include
advanced features such as
tables and support for more complex languages.┬á
Users, writers, translators,
testers, and developers are all encouraged to try out
AbiWord and see what
they'd like to add next.<br>
We would particularly like to hear from Korean, Arabic
and South Asian developers
and translators as we extend our coverage to all the
<h2>Get AbiWord Now</h2>
<p>AbiWord runs natively on Linux and other Unix
variants, Windows, QNX and
is completely free. A version that runs on MacOSX is
You can learn more about AbiWord from our website at
<p>AbiWord can be downloaded from <a
┬á AbiWord can be extended via plugins which can be
downloaded from: <a
<p>The AbiWord team can be contacted via email at: <a
┬« Micosoft word is a registered Trademark of
┬« WordPerfect is a registered Trademark of Corel
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