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AbiWord Weekly News #50, (2001, week 26, released 2001.06.31)

Welcome to issue 50 of the AbiWord Weekly News.

Printing on UNIX has been improved this week and there's been fixed quite a few crashers and other (less critical) bugs. Still on the road to 0.9.0 - no deadline given, no deadline missed :)

In this issue:

Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov

CVS Stats

2001.06.23 - 2001.06.29
WhoCommitsIn summary
msevior 126 Unix fonts updated, fix a couple of segfaults, styles dialog changes, and fix some infinite loops.
dom 121 Language dialog, xhtml exporter fixes (from John Clark), ispell changes, system profiles, clipart added, status messages during long operations, encoding manager fixes (from Andrew), hashmap fixes, some new icons, and Mac MS Doc import from Andrew.
hippietrail 58 Web preview bug fixed, replace locale magic numbers with names, Windows frontend fixes, html exporter fixes, remember language encoding of imported MS Docs, and menus localization changes.
plam 34 Header/footer code cleanups, added preliminary endnote support, autoconf and compiler warnings fixes.
cuenca 27 More perl bindings and autoconf/perl fixes.
dchart 23 Documentation files.
hub 10 Autoconf fixes (from Alec Wolman), RTF importer fix (from ha shao), and fixes from Andrew Dunbar: HTML exporter fix, encoding manager fix, fixes to simple ASCII translation (as used in speller window), language dialog fixes on Windows. Andrew),
jskov 6 Abiword Weekly News #49.
thomasf 3 Plugin manager tweaks on QNX.

Patch of the week goes to Patrick Lam for his endnotes work.

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.

POW2001.22Sorting contents of combo boxes, and splash screen preference option
POW2001.18ImageMagick multipurpose graphic importer
uPOW2001.17Where to send AbiWord announcements
uPOW2001.09Determining Locale Status
POW2001.09Speed up bulk spell checking
uPOW2001.07Host for AbiWord BugDay
uPOW2001.06Update Feature and UI matrices
POW2001.05Bug-buddy support for AbiWord
POW1999.47Make translated dialogs fit
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:
2001.06.08   61 (  +7%)    101 ( +10%)   308 (  +7%)
2001.06.15   67 (  -1%)    136 (  +3%)   301 (  +0%)
2001.06.22   95 ( +41%)    144 (  +5%)   312 (  +3%)
2001.06.29   96 (  +1%)    165 ( +14%)   311 (  +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:

10301310.9.0 Font substitution table
127683future Table support
141068future Please add .doc Microsoft Word Save As file type in future releases
101648Future PDF output would be nice
150530Future It would be nice if the menu strings were dynamically loadable
1046290.9.0 Some localized strings truncated in Windows version
1182280.9.0 Cursor Disappears
1408240.9.0 Automatic spellcheck splits words on accented characters (and specials, other languages, non ASCII symbols)
1104210.9.0 AbiWord crashes when trying to load a particular MS Word file
1427201.0 "Lock" styles

Target Milestones

We have just started nominating bugs for the next two big releases. You, developer and user, 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 Nomination195

Closed Bugs

Note that there are many many bugs just waiting for QA before they can be closed. Please help!

In the past week, the following 10 bugs have been closed (i.e., closed and verified fixed):

573, 1041, 1092, 1361, 1484, 1486, 1546, 1547, 1569 and 1616

On the Mailing List

Traffic on the developer mailing list has settled on about 200 postings per week.

You may also find interesting threads on the user and documentation lists (unfortunately the archive for the latter is broken at the moment).

This week, interesting topics on the developer list included:

  1. endnote todo: Patrick posted a list of outstanding issues with the endnote feature.

  2. Patch: International menu labels: Andrew did a little work to further localization of AbiWord, later following with a patch for toolbars.

  3. Commit: Status bar update: Dom made it possible to show progress of long operations in the status bar.

  4. XHTML Export is Beautiful: David Chart likes the XHTML exported by AbiWord. Good thing too, since the doc gang has been writing docs in AbiWord (what else?).

  5. Systematic error on display versus layout units.: Martin has been tracking the problems with WYSI(nn)WYG priting (nn = not necessarily). And seems to have it nailed.

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