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AbiWord Weekly News #53, (2001, week 29, released 2001.07.23)

Welcome to issue 53 of the AbiWord Weekly News.

Martin's been hacking on printing this week, making GNOME print preview usable. He's also been making (occasionally silly, judging from his comments :) changes to the list code. Michael D. Pritchett has been working on missing Windows features. I don't know where this leaves us on the release schedule, but I suspect we'll see a 0.9.0 real soon now!

In this issue:

Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov

CVS Stats

2001.07.14 - 2001.07.20
WhoCommitsIn summary
tamlin 21 Windows List Dialog, compiler warnings cleanups, and various other little fixes.
dom 14 DocBook importer fix (from Jerry Quinn), Galician speller files (from Ramon Flores d'as Seixas), en locale fixes, compiler warning cleanups, segv fixes, and Styles Dialog fixes for Windows.
mpritchett 10 Styles Dialog and PluginManager Dialog for Windows.
msevior 10 Various list fixes, GNOME print fixes, and GNOME quit on Ctrl-q (from Nils Barth).
cuenca 5 Working on RBTree class.
phma 4 Irish labels (from Alan Horkan) and French updates (from Gilles Saint-Denis).
jskov 3 AbiWord Weekly News #52
hub 3 Documentation on MacOS port. iconv changes.
dchart 2 UK localisations
frodo 2 Fixed make install (from Alec Wolman), autoconf 2.52 support.

Patch of the week goes to Martin Sevior for his GNOME print (preview) 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:
2001.06.29   96 (  +1%)    165 ( +14%)   311 (  +0%)
2001.07.06   80 ( -16%)    167 (  +1%)   303 (  -2%)
2001.07.13   86 (  +7%)    139 ( -16%)   310 (  +2%)
2001.07.20   77 ( -10%)     87 ( -37%)   321 (  +3%)

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
1276130future Table support
101673Future PDF output would be nice
141069future Please add .doc Microsoft Word Save As file type in future releases
37634Future File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slurp
1545311.0 Help only works for localizations en-US es-ES fr-FR
150530Future It would be nice if the menu strings were dynamically loadable
1046290.9.0 Some localized strings truncated in Windows version
1104260.9.0 AbiWord crashes when trying to load a particular MS Word file
1408240.9.0 Automatic spellcheck splits words on accented characters

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 Nomination176

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 87 bugs have been closed (i.e., closed and verified fixed):

264, 307, 542, 635, 648, 657, 694, 700, 736, 751, 771, 924, 1103, 1119, 1155, 1156, 1157, 1178, 1182, 1205, 1254, 1267, 1277, 1280, 1303, 1312, 1323, 1346, 1352, 1368, 1375, 1383, 1430, 1438, 1439, 1466, 1471, 1489, 1493, 1498, 1514, 1516, 1529, 1543, 1561, 1579, 1593, 1618, 1627, 1634, 1640, 1641, 1643, 1653, 1655, 1656, 1659, 1663, 1669, 1671, 1676, 1678, 1683, 1692, 1693, 1694, 1697, 1699, 1700, 1703, 1705, 1706, 1707, 1710, 1711, 1712, 1713, 1714, 1715, 1716, 1722, 1725, 1727, 1728, 1729, 1733 and 1753

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. commit: Major Printing improvements: Martin improved printing under UNIX even further. This time reducing memory requirements and making the process much faster. Later followed up with another fix to improve handling of images and symbol fonts during printing - and made GNOME print preview usable in the process.

  2. Commit: Fix cutting and pasting of images.: Martin also fixed some long standing image handling problems.

  3. [beos] a few things: Seems we have a new BeOS developer, as Stephane Fritsch posted some fixes this week.

  4. WP7/8 Importer: William Lachance announced that he has started working on a Word Perfect importer.

  5. commit - Win32 Plugin Dialog: Michael D. Pritchett committed the Windows Plugin dialog. Good stuff, since the 0.9 release is on hold, primarily waiting for completion of some Windows features. He later committed a start on the Styles Dialog for Windows.

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