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AbiWord Weekly News #60, (2001, week 36, released 2001.10.02)

Welcome to issue 60 of the AbiWord Weekly News.

This week 0.9.3 was tagged and the new release procedure was started. We also got a major spell checking speed improvement and Perl support on Windows.

Note that Top 10 Bugs and Milestone Bugs are from 2001.09.25 and not from week 36.

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

CVS Stats

2001.09.01 - 2001.09.07
WhoCommitsIn summary
msevior 34 RTF list import fixes (from Matti Picus), SVG code (from FJ Franklin), enabled KWord import/export for 0.9.3, spell checking speedup (with Ben Mesman), and added new section-max-column-height property.
aiken 28 Thesaurus work.
mpritchett 23 NSIS installer for Windows, Windows build fixes, fix Windows tabbed dialogs problem, window size/location memory (by Jeremy Davis), rint() for Windows, and allow changes to builtin styles on Windows.
dom 19 SVG preview segv fix, undo some earlier checkins, exception ctor/dtor code and disable new Close behavior until post 0.9.3.
rms 14 Swedish strings updated (from Per Larsson), overhaul of Portuguese strings, Norwegian strings updated (from Kjartan Maraas), and a makefile tweak
hub 10 Fixed RTF importer bug, Perl support on Windows (from Joaquin), and a compiler fix to the Swedish labels.
dchart 2 Release note updates.
paul 1 Reuse frame when not exiting on close.
tomas_f 1 Fix an end note problem.

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
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:
2001.08.17  112 (  +4%)    119 ( -10%)   329 (  +5%)
2001.08.24   94 ( -16%)    125 (  +5%)   363 ( +10%)
2001.08.31   94 (  +0%)    158 ( +26%)   354 (  -2%)
2001.09.07  123 ( +30%)    145 (  -8%)   352 (  +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:

1276206future Table support
1410175future Please add .doc Microsoft Word Save As file type in future releases
10301660.9.0 Font substitution table
101683Future PDF output would be nice
1545361.0 Help only works for localizations en-US es-ES fr-FR
37634Future File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slurp
1243321.0 undo after a paste command causes crash
141839--- File/Page Setup box hangs on using OK to exit
150530Future It would be nice if the menu strings were dynamically loadable
1747301.0 background colour of text selection is always grey

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 Nomination261

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

762, 801, 1162, 1223, 1336, 1455, 1502, 1551, 1597, 1612, 1631, 1673, 1695, 1746, 1751, 1771, 1780, 1790, 1792, 1794, 1802, 1807, 1824, 1828, 1868, 1871, 1878, 1904, 1909, 1911, 1922, 1930, 1945,

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. HELP WANTED -- release evangelists: Paul asked for help again, this time for release evangelists.

  2. recruiting report -- release teams for 0.9.3 packages: Paul posted a list with details of the 0.9.3 release team.

  3. Tree Tagged: release-0-9-3-1: The 0.9.3 release was tagged and The Release Process(tm) started.

  4. patch -- win build embeds a perl interpreter: Joaquin announced Perl support for Windows builds.

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