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

CVS Stats

2002.03.25 - 2002.03.31
WhoCommitsIn summary
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).
jskov 4 Makefile fixes.
movement 2 Aiksaurus build fix.

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:
2002.03.11  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%)

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:

1030322Future Installing AbiWord messes up fonts in other applications (e.g. Netscape)
376791.0 File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slurp
1124691.0 Does not honor config/-geometry request
140648Future xhtml documents fail to open: "Bogus html document" msg
1747421.2 background colour of text selection is always grey
140242Future Can not use other than original type1 fonts
137439Future [RFE] print odd and/or even pages only (for front & back printing)
1046331.0 Some localized strings truncated in Windows version
2598311.0 Abiword installs bogus fonts of dubious heritage
1818201.0 Font reverts to Times New Roman when it shouldn't

And the Top 10 Requests For Enhancements to be:

12766771.2 Table support
1261332future Need to support footnotes and endnotes
2321157Future Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?
195042Future Wish for automatic Table of Contents
192935Future Hyphenation is missing in Abiword
114428Future Improve KWord import/export filters
218325--- Compatibility with StarOffice XML
127023Future Abiword should graphical columns ala wordperfect 8/9
216921Future Line numbering
1262211.2 [RFE] need to rewrite RTF import

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 Nomination247

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 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).

915, 1074, 1133, 1783, 1852, 1855, 1857, 1888, 1938, 2082, 2205, 2378, 2505, 2585, 2615, 2632, 2652, 2680, 2704, 2721, 2756, 2789, 2827, 2851, 2859, 2877, 2915, 2935, 2955, 2982, 2984, 2990, 3000,

Latest Releases

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.