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AbiWord Weekly News #43, (2001, week 19, released 2001.05.27)

Welcome to issue 43 of the AbiWord Weekly News.

Please note that this issue is describing action that happened a few weeks back. I've been sick and have decided to do AbiWord Weekly News for the weeks I was away - so it'll probably take some weeks for me to get back in sync.

This week was pretty slow, both development wise and as for traffic on the developer mailing list. Fortunately there's been a lot of traffic on the new documentation mailing list to make up for this.

In this issue:

Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov

CVS Stats

2001.05.04 - 2001.05.11
WhoCommitsIn summary
dom 174 Make num-lock key DTRT, HPUX compilation fixes (with boc), rewrite of MS DOC importer, plugin manager dialog, XML importer caching, new hashing code (coauthored with Patrick and Mike), better DND for GNOME.
hub 58 MacOS X hacking.
msevior 17 Character type styles, RTF import/export enhancements: topline/bottomline, tab types and leaders.
rms 14 pt_PT locale updates.
phma 11 Slovenian translation (Andraz Tori), ga-IE (Alan Horkan), nn-NO (Karl Ove Hufthammer)
cuenca 11 Dynamic menus and Spanish locale.
thomasf 4 QNX fixes.
mpritchett 3 Win32 paste unformatted.
sam 3 Web hacking.
plam 1 Documentation format doc updated.

Patch of the week is shared between Dom for the plugin manager and Joaquin (cuenca) for his dynamic menus.

Project Of the Week

POW (Project Of the Week) and the new uPOW (User Project Of the Week) is an attempt at attracting new developers and entice help from users by lowering the bar of entry to doing something constructive for AbiWord. A POW will describe a goal and often outline how to get there.

Presently we have a few unclaimed POWs. Please see the POW status page for more details.

POW2001.18ImageMagick multipurpose graphic importer
uPOW2001.17Where to send AbiWord announcements
uPOW2001.9Determining Locale Status
POW2001.9Speed up bulk spell checking
uPOW2001.7Host for AbiWord BugDay
uPOW2001.6Update Feature and UI matrices
POW2001.5Bug-buddy support for AbiWord
POW1999.47Make translated dialogs fit
uPOW1999.42Usability Test #1
uPOW1999.37CS folks wanted...

Bug Update

Here's the AbiWord bug update for the last week. If you can spare some time, please help us triage the bugs - you don't need to be able to program to do this.

Bug Counts

These are the bug counts for the past 4 weeks:

Date:        Submitted:    QA:           Open:
2001.04.20   11 ( -35%)     57 ( -62%)   232 (  -3%)
2001.04.27   23 (+109%)     58 (  +1%)   228 (  -1%)
2001.05.04   28 ( +21%)     49 ( -15%)   293 ( +28%)
2001.05.11   48 ( +71%)     51 (  +4%)   295 (  +0%)

Bug Votes

As a user of AbiWord, you are able to vote on bugs you'd like to see closed. The process is quite simple:

  1. Create yourself an account if you don't already have one.

  2. Bring up the bug list.

  3. Click on Bug IDs to read bug details.

  4. If you find an interesting bug you'd like to have fixed, cast your vote by clicking on the "Vote for this bug" link on the bug description page.

  5. You have 30 voting points you can cast in whatever proportions you'd like on anything between 1 and 30 bugs. But note that developers will likely prioritize a bug with 30 single votes than a bug with a single 30-unit vote. So vote with lower unit counts (5 or so) to make your voice heard!

From the sorted list of votes, we found the current Top 10 Bugs to be:

10301230.9.0 Font substitution table
141031future Please add .doc Save As file type in future releases
1182270.9.0 Cursor Disappears
127626future Handle tables
1408230.9.0 Automatic spellcheck splits words on accented characters (and specials, other languages, non ASCII symbols)
1445150.9.0 Documents saved as .abw are sometimes flagged as bogus document
1381100.9.0 I want an install fonts option
1046100.9.0 Some localized strings truncated in Windows version
105610Future Redraw performance is dog slow. Sometimes unacceptably slow.
133310Future Inserting a word is O(n) in the number of words in the document

Target Milestones

We have just started nominating bugs for the next two big releases. You (as a user or developer) can have your say on which bugs to nominate by casting your vote on bugs as described above. The current milestone distribution is as follows:

MilestoneBug count
Without Nomination166

Closed Bugs

In the past week, the following 2 bugs have been closed (i.e., closed and verified fixed):

1232 and 1259

On the Mailing List

Traffic on the developer mailing list has been slow this week. Presumably hinting at the fact that many of the developers are students and are busy preparing for exams. Hopefully traffic, and development, will pick up again in the summer break. This week, interesting topics included:

  1. SVG and compound images: F. J. Franklin started a small thread on SVG support, presumably born out of the clipart discussions of last week.
  2. Irregularities in strings : Pierre Abbat has been (and is) on a quest to make sure all translated strings are sensible. He's found some interesting irregularities.
  3. Commit: Better DND Handling: Dom improved the DND support in GNOME.
  4. GIFs: Aaron Lehmann suggested removing GIF format images from the help files, due to technical and legal issues. There followed various discussion on both the legality of software patents and the best ways to compress PNG images.

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