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AbiWord Weekly News #63, (2001, week 39, released 2001.10.02)

Welcome to issue 63 of the AbiWord Weekly News.

This week AbiWord 0.9.4 was tagged and we finally got some bugs QA'd and closed. AbiWord also got the ability to import WMF vector graphics and T602 wordprocessor documents. On the whole, not a bad week.

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

2001.09.22 - 2001.09.28
WhoCommitsIn summary
dom 67 vx cleanups and changes, fixed bugs 2044 and 2048, fixed some debian details, RTF and KWord importer improvements, added BZ2 importer/exporter, win32 stuff (from matti), and made ut_debugmsg const.
matti 24 Win32 MSVC6 fixes.
fjfranklin 13 WMF images support, XDarwin patches, and autoconf fixes.
jskov 8 AWN
msevior 6 RTF export listtag fix, header/footer crash fixed, and styles tweak for lists.
cuenca 5 Some dynamic menu changes.
aiken 4 Thesaurus Abiord integration, and thesaurus documentation.
tamlin 3 MSVC6 build fixes.
mandelin 3 Win32 build fixes.
rms 3 dumpstrings hacking and PT locale updates.
phma 2 Italian strings (from Marco Innocenti)
aaronl 1 HP PA-RISC Linux build support.

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:
2001.09.07  123 ( +30%)    145 (  -8%)   352 (  +0%)
2001.09.14  127 (  +3%)    171 ( +17%)   349 (  +0%)
2001.09.21  134 (  +5%)    189 ( +10%)   346 (  +0%)
2001.09.28  143 (  +6%)    169 ( -10%)   345 (  +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:

1276247future Table support
1410195future Please add .doc Microsoft Word Save As file type in future releases
10301610.9.0 Font substitution table
101693Future PDF output would be nice
1104360.9.0 AbiWord crashes when trying to load a particular MS Word file
1545361.0 Help only works for localizations en-US es-ES fr-FR
1747361.0 background colour of text selection is always grey
37634Future File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slurp
824321.0 Abiword does no recognize the dictionary
1243321.0 undo after a paste command causes crash

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 Nomination275

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

984, 1211, 1295, 1378, 1391, 1424, 1481, 1527, 1528, 1534, 1622, 1661, 1701, 1748, 1770, 1779, 1817, 1836, 1844, 1867, 1890, 1951, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1983, 2016, 2018, 2028, 2044,

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. Announce: T602 importer: Petr Tomasek announced the availability of a T602 importer.

  2. Thesaurus Plugin Status: Jared Davis reported on the current status of the thesaurus plugin. It's almost ready for prime time. Good stuff!

  3. release-0-9-4 tagged: Yes, what we have all been waiting for. Many other threads followed on availability of binaries, testing results, etc.

  4. New Splash Screen?: Dom presented a new splash screen drawn by Jakub Steiner. Resulted in a long thread mainly about people missing Abi the Ant :) I'm not sure what the outcome is - Dom said he'd ask Jakub to try and merge Abi in somehow. We'll see...

  5. Announce: CVS Access: Three new developers (Frank J. Franklin, Matti Picus and David Mandelin) were given CVS write access. Dom followed up with The Rules of Access.

  6. Web Site Redesign: Jared Davis (again?) announced his nice user friendly web site designed primarily for users. It's at http://abiword.aiksaurus.com/.

  7. Release Strategy: Jared also posted a standardized release strategy. There were no followups though.

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