Welcome to issue 59 of the AbiWord Weekly News.
Much stuff happened this week: new style features, improved WP
import, TinderBox back to life, file->close discussion brought to an
end by a patch, and request for help to make releases. Read all about
Note that Top 10 Bugs and Milestone Bugs are from 2001.09.25,
not week 35.
Seeing as we're now in the 0.9.x cycle, I'd like to (yet again)
ask people (users, developers, lurkers - the whole shebang) to go to
the bug list in BugZilla and cast your votes for bugs you'd like to
see fixed. The present list of priorities has not really changed for a
long time (other than the bugs on it that have been nailed
recently). This is your chance to voice your (personal) direction of
the bug fixing effort! See below for details...
In this issue:
Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov
|2001.08.25 - 2001.08.31|
||Allow built-in styles to be edited, use UT_rand in lists,
html exporter patch (from John), fix bug 1815, 1817 and 1840. Fix
build problem, fix flickering when moving into region with different
number of columns, fixes to section breaks, column break deletion fix,
cursor fix, full multi-column support (a step towards table
||Better error reporting in WP importer, commit fix to
Exit/Close debate, fix libole mem leaks, coding style cleanups, wv
integration fixes, and compilation fixes.
||Win build issues (with David Mandelin), implemented Default
Page Size for Win, fixes to Custom Page Size, make Page Setup mimic
||New WP importer (from William Lachance), FAQ update, download
||Documentation and release note update.
||Mac OSX build fix.
||Some unix path code simplification and Italian update (from
||Italian update (from Marco Innocenti).
||Fixes to UR_rand (with Jeremy Davis).
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:
2001.08.10 107 ( +22%) 133 ( +12%) 311 ( -1%)
2001.08.17 112 ( +4%) 119 ( -10%) 329 ( +5%)
2001.08.24 94 ( -16%) 125 ( +5%) 363 ( +10%)
2001.08.31 94 ( +0%) 158 ( +26%) 354 ( -2%)
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:
Please add .doc Microsoft Word Save As file type in future releases
Font substitution table
PDF output would be nice
Help only works for localizations en-US es-ES fr-FR
File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slurp
undo after a paste command causes crash
File/Page Setup box hangs on using OK to exit
It would be nice if the menu strings were dynamically loadable
background colour of text selection is always grey
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 1 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:
First try on dictionary rpm-spec:
Gabriel Gerhardsson started making dictionary packages and later
followed up with "Testbuilds
of all dictionaries available". Not bad!
Abiword [Grocery Store] Marketing Project:
Tim Schmidt wants to see AbiWord on cheap CDs in grocery stores. Can't
really blame him.
POW: speed up bulk spell checking:
Ben Mesman offered to take on the spell checking performace
improvement POW (and appears to be allowed to do so in business hours
- how cool is that?). I believe we now have blindingly fast spell
checking (but I think it involved some help from Dom and
Changing Built-in Styles:
David asked for the ability to change builtin styles. And Martin fixed
PATCH: WordPerfect Stuff:
William Lachance announced a much improved WP importer.
Sam asked for people to host AbiWord TinderBox builds. If you have a
fast internet connection and leave your box on at night, please
contact the list.
Commit: The end to the file->close debate:
Dom's put an end to the debate.
XDarwin binary available for testing:
F J Franklin announced availability of binaries for Darwin/X.
HELP WANTED -- release team for AbiWord:
Paul got around to write detailed requirements for release
engineering. In the same series are: release
packagers for AbiWord, release
testers for AbiWord, and release writers for AbiWord.