AbiWord Weekly News #80, (2001, week 4, released 2002.01.28)

Welcome to issue 80 of the AbiWord Weekly News, sponsored by Red Hat.

It's been a slow week - people have been working on fixing bugs. Unfortunately we're still at about 80 Bugs that should be closed before 1.0 - and that's no different from last week, even though there's been plenty of Bugs closed.

The Bug count in the QA To Verify category is climbing. Please help us close them by downloading the 0.99.1 release and verify that the problems have been fixed. Some AbiWord 0.99.1 binaries are already available now at http://sourceforge.net/projects/abiword.

Also, if you want to help with the QA process during the 0.99.x cycle, you can find nightly builds for Windows here: http://www.darklogic.org/abiword/ and less frequent (but more stable builds) here: http://www.niksbiks.dk/Abi/. For Linux/GNOME you can find nightly builds here: http://pinohuis.dhs.org:8081/. Thanks!

In this issue:

Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov

CVS Stats

2002.01.21 - 2002.01.27
WhoCommitsIn summary
tomas_f 116 Fixed many memory leaks, some dialog patches (from Gilles Saint-Denis), bookmark patch (from Adrian Phillip), fixed Bugs 2500, 2523, 2548, 2551, 2636, and 2655. Hide selection in Win32 print dialog, fixed extension handling on save (Win32), consolidate unix font docs into one file, fixed .zabw problems on Win32, fixed 2374 and 2050 (from Robert Altenburg), profile updates (from Anthony Fok), and update copyright notices.
aiken 75 Enhanced (unix) page number dialog, wv and psiconv patches (from thomas), insert field (unix) dialog tweak, new zoom dialog stuff, aiksaurus (and plugin) work.
fjfranklin 61 Fixed Bug 2650, HTML importer improvements, RPM script update (from Gabriel Gerhardsson), include eml importer in build system, autoconf/build tweaks, and support Ukrainian spelling.
hub 49 Cocoa work, Sun build tweaks, .cvsignore files updated, HMTL importer config fix, remove some glib dependencies and a memory leak, variable rename to fix Objective-C clash, and HTML exporter fixes (from j.m.maurer).
dom 43 Fixed Bugs 2641 and 1142. Fixed zoom dialog bug, HTML exporter fixes, web mode tweaks, unix splash screen is now a dialog, autoconfig tweaks, support HTML export of footer/header, fix HTML importer version detection, libole2 update, wrapper script patch (from Chris Wynne), MS Doc image size patch (from row), and a few other tweaks.
phma 7 Greek translation (from Nikos Niktaris), Hungarian strings (from Tamas Decsi), and Danish update (from Birger Langkjer).
jskov 6 AWN #79, added more directories to CVSupd list.
rms 5 Updated GPL notice in some files, fix unix link issue with installer.
mpritchett 2 Fix MSVC copiler issue and Bug 2420.
dchart 1 ChangeLog updates.

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:
2002.01.07   92 ( -12%)    127 ( +30%)   398 (  +3%)
2002.01.14  100 (  +8%)    157 ( +23%)   398 (  +0%)
2002.01.21   97 (  -3%)    195 ( +24%)   395 (  +0%)
2002.01.28  108 ( +11%)    129 ( -33%)   402 (  +1%)

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 that can be cast in units of 1 to 30. But please only use votes in 5, 10, or 15-unit blocks (on a single Bug) and avoid casting votes on Bugs you have reported yourself.

From the sorted list of votes, we found the current Top 10 Bugs to be:

1030259Future 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
140241Future Can not use other than original type1 fonts
1747371.2 background colour of text selection is always grey
1046331.0 Some localized strings truncated in Windows version
1781321.2 Toolbars do not remember position
2598261.0 Abiword installs bogus fonts of dubious heritage
231720--- Added words to the custom.dic are not used to make suggestions
1525201.0 Preferences -> Toolbars, Button Style, Both

And the Top 10 Requests For Enhancements to be:

12765951.2 Table support
1261268future Need to support footnotes and endnotes
1016130Future PDF output would be nice
232197Future Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?
192930Future Hyphenation is missing in Abiword
195023Future Wish for automatic Table of Contents
1262181.2 [RFE] need to rewrite RTF import
187518Future Import of StarOffice Writer documents (*.sdw)
808141.2 Tables not imported from RTF
236513Future AbiWord needs 'view codes'

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 Nomination198

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

215, 653, 906, 916, 1104, 1198, 1532, 1689, 1760, 1839, 1948, 2020, 2032, 2048, 2050, 2114, 2137, 2214, 2233, 2267, 2284, 2300, 2305, 2352, 2364, 2374, 2376, 2420, 2432, 2458, 2472, 2479, 2523, 2524, 2537, 2551, 2560, 2571, 2575, 2577, 2590,

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. copyright notices in the sources: Tomas pointed out that many new files do not have the appropriate copyright headers.

  2. how to keep translators happy: Piotr Banski alerted people that we're bad at coordinating translation efforts. This stems from, in part anyway, the fact that we have translations in two formats - one native to AbiWord, and one used in the GTK/GNOME world which is only sporadically updated. Anyone looking only at the GTK/GNOME files would risk doing translation that has already happened in the AbiWord-native files, thus wasting (valuable!) time. It would be nice if someone involved in AbiWord translation/localization would step forward and help coordinate the effort, ideally using http://www.abisource.com/contribute/translate/ as a base: add pages listing current maintainers, languages needing updates, status, history, eye candy, etc., etc., etc... i.e., make it a project in its own right, instead of something that lives on the developer list, as I think that probably frightens some potential contributors.