Welcome to issue 61 of the AbiWord Weekly News.
Perl scripting support on Windows, FriBiDi support, new RTF
filter feature, new developers (yeah!) and the 0.9.4 release freeze
called for. Lots of bugs fixed this week too, and some work on (IMO)
crucial module and dynamic menu infrastructure. The only bad thing to
say about this week, is that the number of QA bugs are climbing
again. Please help us get some of these closed. See further down for
Note that Top 10 Bugs and Milestone Bugs are from 2001.09.25 and
not from week 37.
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
|2001.09.08 - 2001.09.14|
||FriBiDi support, pilcrow fixes, utf-8 locale fixes, and some
||New import/export dialogs, some exporter fixes, fix ttftool
for FreeBSD, module/plugins work, some dynamic menu changes (from
Joaquin), fixed a Unix keyboard bug, handle 1 more font attribute in
XHTML importer, ut_worker class added and fixed bug 1850.
||RTF exporter fixes (with David Mandelin), fix a prefs bug,
fix a wrapper bug, HTML exporter fix (partly from John), RTF
stylesheet import fixes (with Matti Picus), style change crasher fix, and
style backend changes.
||RTF importer fixes and stylesheet support (from Matti Picus),
build and compile fixes, HTML exporter fix, and some web updates.
||Localization fixes (from Dom), ability to load modules in
Windows, Windows uninstaller fix, Windows List Dialog bug fixed,
and Windows path fix (from John Anderson).
||Portuguese string update.
||0.9.4 release notes
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
|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:
2001.08.24 94 ( -16%) 125 ( +5%) 363 ( +10%)
2001.08.31 94 ( +0%) 158 ( +26%) 354 ( -2%)
2001.09.07 123 ( +30%) 145 ( -8%) 352 ( +0%)
2001.09.14 127 ( +3%) 171 ( +17%) 349 ( +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:
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 4 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:
Matti Picus asked what features were missing from the RTF
filters. With help from Martin (and others) he started working on
style support in the importer. This was checked in later in the
imagemagick graphics importing:
Don Bright posted a patch for doing image imports via an imagemagick
filter. Parts of this was checked in, others are pending some cleanups
in AbiWord which Dom decided to do (I think).
NSIS installer rocks:
Tim LaDuca let the developers (Michael in particular :) know that the
new Windows installer rocks. Let me tell you, dear user,
developers love to get nice mails like this one. Does wonders for
Was there a 0.9.3 release?:
Good question. The answer is yes, but it was never announced (outside
of the mailing list that is).
Jared Davis asked Joaquin for help with dynamic menus - and got
it. For your information, dynamic menus are needed to make plugin
modules work - when you plug in something like the thesaurus module,
it needs to add menus so you can access its functionality. And module
plugins are something we want to keep AbiWord mean and lean, providing
a variety of (customizable) features to different end users. Good stuff!
Tomas Frydrych has been working on replacing the existing proprietary
BiDi (that's bi-directional, as in writing right-to-left as well as
left-to-right) algorithm with FriBidi. He asked a few questions about
integration, and later in the day checked in the code.
abiword 0.9.4 Tuesday - Melbourne time next:
Martin called for the 0.9.4 code freeze.