AbiWord Weekly News (3/01/2000)
AbiWord development continues to move faster, higher, further . . .
1. Development News
Since the last edition of this newsletter, we have had 24 new patches go into the tree and have added 5(!) new names to our list of contributors, which is now 79 names long. Congratulations to Johnny, Rasmus, Harald, Jim and Aaron.
The largest checkin was from Sam Tobin-Hochstadt, who added a Word Count dialog. While it doesn't have quite as many features and statistics as those in some of those other programs, it is a good beginning. Paul almost immediately ported it to the Win32 platform.
In the fastest turnaround since the OK Corral, Thomas Fletcher fixed the BeOS build and ZAPPED the POW less than 24 hours after it was sent out to the list.
Aaron Lehmann, a new developer, contributed a big patch to move lots of code from XAP to XP, making maintaining our multitude of supported platforms even easier.
Sam Tobin-Hochstadt, by creating a Word Count dialog, ZAPPED the POW from October 17th of last year. Work is still needed to port it across other platforms.
Other development effort fixed ruler initialization (Aaron Lehmann), fixed an RTF bug with CR/LF (Harald Fernengel), created an option to turn the F12 key (which cycles keybindings to vi and emacs modes) on or off, and fixed some word selection problems (Sam Tobin-Hochstadt).
Although it has not been checked in yet, progress has been made on Luke Jordan's list patch. Bob has identified the problems in it currently, and we hope to get them resolved so that we can add this important piece of functionality soon.
This week was also platform compatibility week, as we added builds on Linux/ARM (Jim Studt), NetBSD (Johnny Lam) and fixed the BeOS build. AbiWord now runs on more platforms than I care to count, and almost certainly more than any other word processor.
On the i18n front, we added a new Danish translator, Rasmus Olesen and updated several other languages.
2. On The List
There continues to be lots of traffic on the lists, with 179 messages posted to abiword-dev this last week. Important discussion ranged among the following.
People like to be able to adjust the margins on their documents, and most major word processors let them. Unfortunately, AbiWord is slightly deficient in this area. Hence the current Project of the Week. The assignment is to get the rulers to work as well for margins as they do for tab stops. Bruce Pearson has already volunteered to work on this, but I suspect there's plenty to be done for all.
Currently, Bugzilla lists 196 bugs outstanding, with 30 of those still in SUBMIT state. Last week, we closed 10 bugs, 9 of which were fixes, and 6 new bugs were opened. We are making progress. At this rate, AbiWord will be bug free in less than a year. :-) Bob, our loyal QA guy, claims that he is swamped testing all the patches people are submitting, so many bugs are languishing in submission status. Help on this is always welcome.
5. Other News
This week's cool patch award goes to Thomas Fletcher, for finding and fixing the BeOS build problem in record time. As Tinderbox tells us, "Green trees make for nice trophies."
This week's cool post award goes to Paul, for his extensive research into the history of equation editors on the AbiWord mailing list. (Thanks to Bob for the nomination)
6. February Wrap-Up
February was an eventful month for AbiWord development.
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