AbiWord Weekly News #86, (2002, week 14, released 2002.04.08)
Welcome to issue 86 of the AbiWord Weekly News.
AbiWord version 0.99.4 didn't make it, but instead 0.99.5 is now pending for release some time next week. Except for Martin hunting down (and fixing) more RTF problems and phearbear plugging away at the QNX support, last week was pretty slow due to many of the developers attending GUADEC.
This week I've given the AbiWord Weekly News format a big overhaul. I've made the various tables look more consistent, included extra Bug data (the old Top 10s have been replaced by Top 20s and the list of Closed Bugs is more verbose so you can more easily get an overview of the progress). I've also included a new graph for the Bug counts covering the last year, replacing the old one-month 4-samples text block.
Also note that this week there's a sharp drop in Open Bugs. This is because I've started excluding RFE Bugs which are not representing, strictly speaking, failures in AbiWord. This is a step towards getting the number of Submitted Bugs down, since I see a tendency of RFE Bugs being left in Submitted state, probably to avoid them bloating the Bug counts. It shouldn't be an issue: if you don't want to include RFE Bugs in your queries, simply exclude them (type "rfe" into the Keywords field and select "None of the listed keywords set").
Finally, there's now a list of the most active QA helpers - doing Bugzilla work is not very visible (dosn't show up in CVS nor the mailing list archive), so I figured it was time some kudos were extended to the fine folk helping us there.
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
|2002.04.01 - 2002.04.07|
|phearbear||29||QNX work: many dialog updates, build system tweaks. Solaris iconv fixes (from mg).|
|msevior||23||RTF fixes, fix crash when copying field, fix incremental loader problem, and fixed crash of Bug 1730.|
|tomas_f||5||Fixed pixel/inches conversion problem.|
|plam||4||Fixed dialog segfault, fixed cursor behavior aound fields. Fixed Bug 2049.|
|phma||4||Polish update (from Andrzej Pruszynski), Bulgarian update (from Yanko Kaneti).|
|dchart||1||Started 0.99.4 ChangeLog.|
|dom||1||Fix perl bindings compile bug.|
|rms||1||RPM spec font install/uninstall hacks.|
|mpritchett||1||Win32 --cmd patch (from plam).|
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 a programmer to do this.
These are the week's Top 20 Bugs in the categories problems and requests for enhancements. Influence next week's results by casting your own votes.
|Top 20 Problems|
|1030||323||Future||Installing AbiWord messes up fonts in other applications (e....|
|376||79||1.0||File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slurp|
|1124||69||1.0||Does not honor config/-geometry request|
|1406||48||Future||xhtml documents fail to open: "Bogus html document" msg|
|1402||45||Future||Can not use other than original type1 fonts|
|1747||42||1.2||background colour of text selection is always grey|
|1374||39||Future||[RFE] print odd and/or even pages only (for front & back pri|
|1046||33||1.0||Some localized strings truncated in Windows version|
|2598||31||1.0||Abiword installs bogus fonts of dubious heritage|
|1818||20||1.0||Font reverts to Times New Roman when it shouldn't|
|2421||20||---||TM, Bullet, Euro, Smart Quotes and other symbols originating...|
|1525||20||1.0||Preferences -> Toolbars, Button Style, Both|
|2299||15||---||Prints incorrect margins with split page.|
|372||15||Future||consolidate identical platform code|
|2868||15||1.2||character widths are not calculated correctly for some fonts...|
|2083||15||Future||[RFE] Export WordPerfect format files|
|1194||14||1.0||alt+xxxx does not insert special symbols|
|1394||12||1.0||on-screen landscape actually prints portrait in Win95|
|1474||11||1.2||libiconv Korean broken|
|Top 20 Requests For Enhancement|
|1261||332||Future||Need to support footnotes and endnotes|
|2321||172||Future||[RFE] Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?|
|1950||42||Future||Wish for automatic Table of Contents|
|1929||36||Future||Hyphenation is missing in Abiword|
|1144||33||Future||Improve KWord import/export filters|
|2183||25||---||Compatibility with StarOffice XML|
|1270||23||Future||Abiword should graphical columns ala wordperfect 8/9|
|2294||20||Future||Tool palette instead of toolbars|
|1262||18||1.2||[RFE] need to rewrite RTF import|
|1875||17||Future||Import of StarOffice Writer documents (*.sdw)|
|808||16||1.2||Tables not imported from RTF|
|515||15||Future||columns change should only affect selected text|
|2360||15||Future||Resizing bitmap images|
|2365||13||Future||AbiWord needs 'view codes'|
|1935||12||Future||inconsistecy re "units" selection in 3 different places|
|1762||12||Future||[RFE] import html as produced by Netscape Mozilla Composer v...|
|2296||12||Future||doc import: footnotes|
In the past week, the following Bugs have been closed. The listed Bugs have all been put in QA TO VERIFY mode as either FIXED or WORKSFORME and have been verified by the people listed below. Other causes of closing a Bug (e.g. as INVALID) are not tracked since they usually do not represent a fixed problem.
|Bugs Closed This Week|
|1298||I have a .doc file which crashes AbiWord|
|1400||RTF export should export fields|
|1437||DocBook export breaks high-bit chars (like apostrophes)|
|1545||Help only works for localizations en-US es-ES fr-FR|
|1646||custom bulleted lists, heart diamond star lists etc|
|1921||Can't access help system|
|2005||AbiWord crashes when print preview selected|
|2187||Low level list numbers are not reset by a higher level list|
|2394||Lexmark Printer Problem|
|2440||RTF fields can't be pasted|
|2536||abiword crashes when text is copied from a web page and past|
|2540||Color on the font (or Police ?)|
|2561||Problem with "Change text color"|
|2564||AbiWord doesn't allow user-specified browser|
|2572||Flaky behavior when specifying directory to open files from|
|2628||[gtk] "Save As" panel says "Open file as type"|
|2641||Linking fails on a libc5 system, iconv error|
|2643||can't start AbiWord app|
|2650||slovenian spellcheck package should be sl-SI, not sl-sl|
|2659||these AbiWord (.abw) files fail to open (one bogus one crash|
|2668||Italic font-style messes up the colour confinements|
|2755||amp; in menu items|
|2768||page setup margins incorrect behaviour. Abw 0.992|
|2770||Online user manual links are broken|
|2787||Heading text entry problem in auto-created document|
|2805||abiword redraws the text multiple times|
|2806||Spelling mistakes in RPM Summary and Description|
|2830||[WIN98] This doc locks up AbiWord|
|2844||Old developer site|
|2850||Segfault when cutting from a document.|
|2853||GTK assertion violations|
|2875||hyphen at end of line makes text jump|
|2888||Unresolved iconv symbols|
|2911||italic and subscript|
|2912||crash on close [windows 98]|
|2913||typo in \MSVC6\Readme.txt|
|2923||open word doc, save as abw, load abw == bogus document|
|2932||does not build with autoconf 2.53|
|2952||Debian unstable AbiWord freezes at first 'space' entered|
|2974||Crash when inserting a hyperlink|
|2980||Deadlock while saving a .doc file as .abw|
|2989||zoom changes combined with column layout changes cause crash|
|2994||abiword crashes when switching layouts|
|2996||typo: Change "use" to "you".|
|2998||Help|About shows pretty old copyright|
|3012||"Go to" dialog visual behaviour|
|3017||saving a .doc as .html causes a crash|
|This Week's 5 Most Active QA Helpers|
To get your name in neon, help QA the Bugs. If you want your name rather than your email address to appear, drop me a line.
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:
[slashdot] Should Open Source Software Expire?: Should we do one-off warning dialogs when an AbiWord binary is getting too old? Alan thinks so. I also think it would be a good idea - for all those people who don't realize AbiWord evolves at a scary rate :)
Release 0..9.5 tagged: The pending 0.99.4 release from last week was skipped, and instead the tree was tagged for a 0.99.5 release. It should go live next week (deja vu, anyone?)
Using DJGPP: James Jensen asked if it is possible to build AbiWord for Windows using DJGPP. Presently the answer is no, but many would be interested in AbiWord being able to build using free tools. Please help us get there!
From time to time, this section will contain essay-style text about various special interests of the AbiWord development.