AbiWord Weekly News #85, (2002, week 13, released 2002.04.01)
Welcome to issue 85 of the AbiWord Weekly News.
Continued Bug hunting, yet another feature, and plans for a 0.99.4 release next week.
If you want to help with the QA process during the 0.99.x cycle, you can find nightly builds for Windows here: http://abiword.pchasm.org/ 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/uwog/abiword/. Thanks!
In this issue:
Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov
|2002.03.25 - 2002.03.31|
|plam||51||Image export for DocBook, fixed segfault, QNX BeOS and Mac toolbar fixes, QNX compilation fixes, QNX autoconf work, Irix build stuff (from Philippe Defert), fixed segfault during list save, fixed compiler warning, and added Word doc to test files. Fixed Bugs 1437, 1545 (from uwog), 2313, 2620, 2632, 2906, 2923, 2990, and 3006.|
|msevior||37||Fix list char property reset problem, AbiCommand work, configure print-directly as default for GNOME build, fixed problem of applying list controls to selected text, added null graphics class for AbiCommand plugin, disabled some RTF experimental code, and correctly import line heights for blank lines. Fixed Bugs 2906 and 2986.|
|dom||34||Added jzaun to credits, fixed some unix template stuff, added templates (from jzaun), fixed some undo/redo ghosting options, added hyperlink to context menus, autoconf fix in wv, QNX font and toolbar patch (from phearbear), autoconfiscated unixnullgraphics, wv decryption fix (from jody), AbiMagick plugin. Fixed Bugs 1791, 2633 (from row), 2789 (with row), 2955, 2973, 2996, 2998, and 3007 (from Sam Trenholme).|
|fjfranklin||28||ttfadmin.sh autoconf handling, don't define top_buildding in autoconf, don't build wv executables, don't rebuild wv every time, unixnullgraphics work, ABI_EXPORT GR_Graphics, autoconf include path changes, build system for AbiCommand, fix sys-iconv problem on some distributions, speed up RPM generation (from Gabriel Gerhardsson), fix non-debug builds, and autogen cleanups.|
|hub||22||Fixed QNX packaging, bumped version number, and some QNX patches and screen shots (from phearbear).|
|dchart||17||ChangeLog updates, some hyperlink documentation updates, HTML generation work (from Cal Arndt).|
|jeremyd||11||AbiPaint plugin. Fixed Bug 2912.|
|phearbear||11||QNX frontend work.|
|rms||6||AbiWord specfile work, AbiFestVox plugin work, and Swedish update (from Per Larsson).|
|phma||6||Slovenian update (from Andraz Tori), Polish update (from Andrzej Pruszynski), Finnish system profile (by Ismo Makinen), and Japanese update (from Masayuki Hatta).|
|movement||2||Aiksaurus build fix.|
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.
|uPOW||2001.17||Where to send AbiWord announcements|
|uPOW||2001.09||Determining Locale Status|
|uPOW||2001.07||Host for AbiWord BugDay|
|uPOW||2001.06||Update Feature and UI matrices|
|POW||1999.47||Make translated dialogs fit|
|uPOW||1999.37||CS folks wanted...|
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: ---------------------------------------------------- 2002.03.11 142 ( -12%) 86 ( -46%) 394 ( +1%) 2002.03.18 155 ( +9%) 96 ( +11%) 388 ( -1%) 2002.03.25 164 ( +5%) 81 ( -15%) 397 ( +2%) 2002.04.01 132 ( -19%) 102 ( +25%) 401 ( +1%)
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 list.
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 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.
|1030||Installing AbiWord messes up fonts in other applications (e.g. Netscape)|
|376||File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slurp|
|1124||Does not honor config/-geometry request|
|1406||xhtml documents fail to open: "Bogus html document" msg|
|1747||background colour of text selection is always grey|
|1402||Can not use other than original type1 fonts|
|1374||[RFE] print odd and/or even pages only (for front & back printing)|
|1046||Some localized strings truncated in Windows version|
|2598||Abiword installs bogus fonts of dubious heritage|
|1818||Font reverts to Times New Roman when it shouldn't|
And the Top 10 Requests For Enhancements to be:
|1261||Need to support footnotes and endnotes|
|2321||Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?|
|1950||Wish for automatic Table of Contents|
|1929||Hyphenation is missing in Abiword|
|1144||Improve KWord import/export filters|
|2183||Compatibility with StarOffice XML|
|1270||Abiword should graphical columns ala wordperfect 8/9|
|1262||[RFE] need to rewrite RTF import|
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:
Note that there are many many bugs just waiting for QA before they can be closed. Please help!
In the past week, the following 33 bugs have been closed (i.e., closed (FIXED/WORKSFORME) and verified). Note that the links have labels, so you can get a summary by moving the pointer over them (if your browser supports this).
Here are links to the latest official releases of AbiWord for various architectures and operating systems. There are also links to the latest snapshot builds of AbiWord for a subset of the architectures/operating systems.
Note that the snapshot builds may not work (at all!), but are likely to include more features and have fewer bugs than (older) official releases. Use the official releases for "production systems" and the snapshot builds for testing and when you want to help with Bug triaging.
AbiWord 0.99.3 - Release Notes
AbiWord 0.99.2 - Release Notes
AbiWord 0.99.1 - Release Notes
AbiWord 0.9.6 - Release Notes
AbiWord 0.9.5 - Release Notes
AbiWord 0.9.4 - Release Notes
Linux/GNOME (i386/RPM): Provided by Marc Maurer. These are updated daily. Plugins, clip art, fonts and help files are available too.
Win32 (i386/exe): Provided by Jeremy Davis. These are updated twice a day. Plugins are available too.
Win32 (i386/exe): Provided by Nikolaj Brandt Jensen. These are updated about once a week. BiDi builds are available too.
Traffic on the developer mailing list has settled on about 200 postings per week.
This week, interesting topics on the developer list included:
Various QNX Patches.: Johan Bjork has started bringing the QNX up to par. Nice!
0.99.4 Release attempt: Hub posted a message declaring the intend to release a 0.99.4 AbiWord before 1.0. The tree was tagged later in the week as planned, but later had to be retagged due a bad bug. We should see the release announced next week.
Fwd: Re: Link Grammar (fwd): Another old(er) subject is that of the licensing problem of using the Link Grammer engine. Seems that will be resolved by a change in license. Very nice!
Commit: ImageMagick plugin: Not to be outdone by Martin's AbiGimp plugin last week, Dom added effect filter support to the ImageMagick plugin. I'm starting to wonder if we'll need a new Plugin of The Week award :)
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