AbiWord Weekly News #77, (2001, week 1, released 2002.01.15)

Welcome to issue 77 of the AbiWord Weekly News.

More Bug hunting and a nice review of AbiWord this week.

Note that this issue is written a week after the week it covers: Bug voting information is from 2002.01.13, not week 1.

In this issue:

Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov

CVS Stats

2001.12.29 - 2002.01.04
WhoCommitsIn summary
aiken 232 Aiksaurus work. Also some web site updates.
dom 81 wv libole2 update, WordPerfect importer fix (from Will Lachance), fixed Bugs (2393), 2507, 2509, 2510. Removed experimental gnomevfs work, EML export plugin (for use with Outlook Express), some cvs file renaming, documentation updated from David Chart, plugin location changed for Unix, default pref setting, added BugZilla info to URL, Win32 compile fix, new submenu for text formatting ops, wv picf fix, string compile fix, page size fix (from plam), and some more wv fixes.
mpritchett 13 Win32 fix for 2509 and 2510, Win32 plugin dialog tweaks, Win32 compile fixes, fixed Bugs 911, 1932, 2007, and 2040.
plam 9 Patch for Bug 1876 (from Robert Wilhelm), units breakage fixed, and fixed Bug 1932.
msevior 8 Mode switch if trying to edit header/footer in normal mode, and export lists to RTF.
hub 6 Documentation updates from David Chart, Bugs 2002, 2288, 2290, and 2337 fixed by patch from John L. Clark.
phma 5 Swedish update (from Haakan Waara), Turkish update (from alper), and Nynorsk update plus dictionary (from Karl Ove Hufthammer).
rms 3 Danish update (from Kenneth Christiansen), Portuguese update.
tomas_f 3 Fixed Bug 1120 and handling of RTL paragraphs.

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.

uPOW2001.17Where to send AbiWord announcements
uPOW2001.09Determining Locale Status
uPOW2001.07Host for AbiWord BugDay
uPOW2001.06Update Feature and UI matrices
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:
2001.12.11  141 (  -6%)    141 ( +25%)   348 (  -1%)
2001.12.18  131 (  -7%)    115 ( -18%)   350 (  +0%)
2001.12.25   69 ( -47%)     91 ( -20%)   417 ( +19%)
2002.01.08   96 ( +39%)    131 ( +43%)   397 (  -4%)

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:

1030228Future Installing AbiWord messes up fonts in other applications (e.g. Netscape)
376741.0 File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slurp
1406471.0 xhtml documents fail to open: "Bogus html document" msg
1104421.0 AbiWord crashes when trying to load MS Word file
1876421.0 some MS Word documents without password are treated as passw
1747421.2 background colour of text selection is always grey
140241Future Can not use other than original type1 fonts
1046341.0 Some localized strings truncated in Windows version
1781321.2 Toolbars do not remember position
142621--- word importer getting stale?

And the Top 10 Requests For Enhancements to be:

12765151.2 Table support
1261262future Need to support footnotes and endnotes
1016125Future PDF output would be nice
232186Future Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?
192930Future Hyphenation is missing in Abiword
218328Future Compatibility with StarOffice XML
1262181.2 need to rewrite RTF import
187517Future Import of StarOffice Writer documents (*.sdw)
208414Future Word Perfect graphics do not load as expected
808141.2 Tables not imported from RTF

Target Milestones

We are nominating bugs for the next two big releases. Users as well as developers, can have their say on which bugs to nominate by casting votes on bugs as described above. The current milestone distribution is as follows:

MilestoneBug count
Without Nomination183

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 8 bugs have been closed (i.e., closed (FIXED/WORKSFORME) and verified):

846, 1120, 2040, 2293, 2403, 2404, 2461, 2507,

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. Tables & Embedded Objs: Must have on 1.2: Seems the British government has been evaluating AbiWord. Nice words in there, and if anything, makes clear what features should be in AbiWord to gain a new big userbase.