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
|2001.06.23 - 2001.06.29|
||Unix fonts updated, fix a couple of segfaults, styles dialog
changes, and fix some infinite loops.
||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.
||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.
||Header/footer code cleanups, added preliminary endnote
support, autoconf and compiler warnings fixes.
||More perl bindings and autoconf/perl fixes.
||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.
||Abiword Weekly News #49.
||Plugin manager tweaks on QNX.
Patch of the week goes to Patrick Lam for his endnotes work.
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
|POW||2001.22||Sorting contents of combo boxes, and
splash screen preference option|
multipurpose graphic importer|
|uPOW||2001.17||Where to send
|POW||2001.09||Speed up bulk spell
|uPOW||2001.07||Host for AbiWord
|uPOW||2001.06||Update Feature and
|POW||2001.05||Bug-buddy support for
translated dialogs fit|
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.
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%)
As a user of AbiWord, you are able to vote on bugs you'd like to
see closed. The process is quite simple:
Create yourself an account if
you don't already have one.
Bring up the bug
Click on Bug IDs to read bug details.
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.
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:
Font substitution table
Please add .doc Microsoft Word Save As file type in future releases
PDF output would be nice
It would be nice if the menu strings were dynamically loadable
Some localized strings truncated in Windows version
Automatic spellcheck splits words on accented characters (and specials, other languages, non ASCII symbols)
AbiWord crashes when trying to load a particular MS Word file
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:
Closed BugsNote 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):
Traffic on the developer
mailing list has settled on about 200 postings per week.
You may also find interesting threads on the user
lists (unfortunately the archive for the latter is broken at the moment).
This week, interesting topics on the developer list included:
Patrick posted a list of outstanding issues with the endnote feature.
Patch: International menu labels:
Andrew did a little work to further localization of AbiWord, later following
with a patch for toolbars.
Commit: Status bar update:
Dom made it possible to show progress of long operations in the status bar.
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?).
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.