Welcome to issue 65 of the AbiWord Weekly News.
BiDi mode now has all the necessary major features to be really
useful. And there's been other nice bug and feature fixes this
week. There's also some nice stuff going on that's not driven by
programmers, which is nice to see - I wish for more of that.
In this issue:
Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov
|2001.10.06 - 2001.10.12|
||Unix printing fixes, --to and --print option fixes, makefile
tweaks, remove autosave files on normal exit, string fixes, t602 and
WP importer work, and Catalan strings (from Jesus Corrius).
||BiDi and justification/tab-related fixes.
||UI tweaks for lists, backend support for odd/even/first/last
footers, and fix cursor size problems.
||NSIS update, and changed default open dialog to support all
||German locale updates, Bokmal update (from Karl Trygve
Kalleberg), Catalan updates (from Jesus Corrius), and French updates (from
||MSVC6 build fixes, list numbering fix, RTF list import fixes,
and RTF header/footer export.
||Configure fix and OSX module fix.
||Updated IT and PT strings.
||Perl bindings portability tweak
||Multikey conversion fix (from Yong Li)
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:
2001.09.21 134 ( +5%) 189 ( +10%) 346 ( +0%)
2001.09.28 143 ( +6%) 169 ( -10%) 345 ( +0%)
2001.10.05 145 ( +1%) 170 ( +0%) 352 ( +2%)
2001.10.12 153 ( +5%) 178 ( +4%) 363 ( +3%)
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
File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slurp
custom pagesizes can't be entered
background colour of text selection is always grey
xhtml documents fail to open: "Bogus html document" msg
AbiWord crashes when trying to load a particular MS Word file
Help only works for localizations en-US es-ES fr-FR
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 2 bugs have been closed (i.e.,
closed and verified):
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:
Tomas Frydrych announced the last missing (major) BiDi feature to be
fixed, and called for BiDi builds to be made for the next release. Dom
followed up, pointing out that BiDi should probably become the default
build at some time - assuming it doesn't have a (noticable) performance
International Spell files available for Windows:
Martin announced that Micheal Pritchet has made ispell dictionaries
available for Windows. This complements the RPMs available for Linux.
Francis James Franklin asked if it was still not allowed to do
multiple inheritance. I think the consensus was that it's now OK to
do, assuming it's for a good cause. Someone should update the coding
Fruits of the [Grocery Store]:
Tim Schmidt keeps working on the idea of a giveaway/cheap CD with
AbiWord. This posting contains a suggested layout specification for the
Rolling out AbiWord - a non developer's perspective:
David Lechnyr made a few nice observations on rolling out AbiWord to
users. We'd appreciate more information like this - and request for
enhancements filed as bugs in BugZilla.
Bugs that are Bad:
Sam posted a list of known Bad(tm) bugs, i.e., bugs that cause crash
and/or data loss.
This thread was started on the user list, resulting in Dom fixing the
code. AbiWord now deletes backup files when the document proper is