From: Dom Lachowicz (domlachowicz_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Wed Mar 10 2004 - 15:17:42 EST
> Some interesting Win32/XP (our kind) thingies
This is not really Win32 specific. Namely:
1) There seems to be a potential bug in the
2) We don't do Kerning. We knew this already.
3) He didn't enable "smart quotes".
Nothing to see here. Move along...
> ATTACHMENT part 2 message/rfc822
> Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 11:17:39 -0800
> From: Bill <bigbearbill_at_verizon.net>
> To: Marc Maurer <j.m.maurer_at_student.utwente.nl>
> Subject: Re: WYSIWYG?
> Thanks for the reply, Marc
> I am running AbiWord v2.0.5 in Windows XP Home
> that is current with service packs and updates.
> The reason for my critical eye is that I was in the
> business for
> over 40 years (graphic design, typesetting, etc.),
> and owned
> a printing business for 20 of those years.
> I have just spent some time comparing AbiWord with
> and, just for the hell of it, Pagemaker 6.5 and I
> will now admit
> that my initial disappointment with Abiword's screen
> display of
> fonts was not totally justified. Comparing the same
> of text in the three mentioned programs has
> demonstrated to
> me that the differences in screen display are not
> that great.
> Pagemaker was the best, of course, and MSWord was
> only slightly
> behind, and AbiWord came in third. My test font was
> Times New
> Roman in 10 pt.
> To see what I am talking about, type the word
> "women" in both
> AbiWord and MS Word (10 pt Times New Roman) and then
> both to 200%. When I do this the difference in
> character spacing
> is very apparent.
> One significant problem I did discover, however, is
> that when
> setting the left page margin to 1", both Pagemaker
> and MSWord
> gave me that margin when I printed out the
> paragraph. Abiword
> gave me a margin closer to 7/8".
> Secondly, when setting both right and left-hand
> margins to 1" for
> an 8-1/2" wide page the net line length of justified
> text should
> be 6-1/2" which was correct when my paragraph was
> printed in
> Pagemaker and MSWord. AbiWord, on the other hand,
> gave me
> a text length of 6-3/8".
> Another curious thing is that Pagemaker gives me a
> apostrophe whereas both AbiWord and MSWord give me
> apostrophe that is not so professional looking. lol.
> I like AbiWord and will work with it a little more.
> to wean dependancy on MS products is a step in the
> right direction.
> Marc Maurer wrote:
> >No you are not. The problem however is that our
> primary windows coder
> >can't reproduce it. Once he could reproduce the
> caret errors, the could
> >fix them.
> >Can you describe your EXACT system you are seeing
> this problem on? Ie.
> >Which version of Windows, which service packs
> installed, which version
> >of AbiWord, and other information that might be
> > Marc
> >Op di 09-03-2004, om 19:13 schreef Bill:
> >>The text caret problem I inquired about a few days
> ago has
> >>been corrected nicely with the new release. But
> now I am a little
> >>disappointed with how the program handles the
> screen display of
> >>proportional fonts. The letter spacing is not
> nearly WYSIWYG and
> >>certainly not comparable to other modern-day word
> >>Am I the only one who finds this to be a
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