Re: greyed out preferences

From: Alan Horkan (
Date: Sat Jan 03 2004 - 18:26:41 EST

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    On Sat, 3 Jan 2004, r coyne wrote:

    > Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2004 14:53:22 -0800 (PST)
    > From: r coyne <>
    > To:
    > Subject: Re: greyed out preferences
    > Dom wrote:
    > >Yup, they're greyed out. We haven't gotten around to
    > >implementing all of them yet, or else haven't hooked
    > >up certain preferences to the GUI.

    The different options for toolbars (text, icons, both) do actually work
    and can be enabled by editing the Abiword.Profile, which is one of the
    'not hooked up yet' feature Dom was alluding to. If you are a programmer
    you are encouraged to try and patch it if you can.

    I'm almost certain there is a bug report filed. (have a quick look in
    bugzilla, try searching for bugs with a summary that contains 'toolbar')

    There are far fewer windows developers than there are Linux developers,
    and those that are working on the windows version of abiword have more
    important thing to work on than the user interface code, far more
    important things like getting the layout to be properly WYSIWIG has taken
    up huge amounts of time but I'm sure it will be dealt with in due course.

    > Why not have *three* colors/appearances? One for

    Nice idea but it creates work and if the developers had time to look at it
    they would either fix it or hide it from the user interface completely
    until it worked.

    The reason it was put there in the first place was to
    encourage/force/remind the original developers to fix it sooner rather
    than later but it has been that way since about Abiword 0.7 (almost four
    years ago) since when the original development team has changed entirely
    as have the resources and priorities of the developers.

    Help is always welcome ;)


    Alan Horkan

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