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 I've made the various tables look more consistent, included extra Bug data (the old Top 10s have been replaced by Top 20s and the list of Closed Bugs is more verbose so you can more easily get an overview of the progress).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

CVS Stats

2002.04.01 - 2002.04.07
WhoCommitsIn summary
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).

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 a programmer to do this.

Bug Statistics

Bug stats graph

Bug Votes

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
1030323FutureInstalling AbiWord messes up fonts in other applications (e....
376791.0File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slurp
1124691.0Does not honor config/-geometry request
140648Futurexhtml documents fail to open: "Bogus html document" msg
140245FutureCan not use other than original type1 fonts
1747421.2background colour of text selection is always grey
137439Future[RFE] print odd and/or even pages only (for front & back pri
1046331.0Some localized strings truncated in Windows version
2598311.0Abiword installs bogus fonts of dubious heritage
1818201.0Font reverts to Times New Roman when it shouldn't
242120---TM, Bullet, Euro, Smart Quotes and other symbols originating...
1525201.0Preferences -> Toolbars, Button Style, Both
229915---Prints incorrect margins with split page.
37215Futureconsolidate identical platform code
2868151.2character widths are not calculated correctly for some fonts...
208315Future[RFE] Export WordPerfect format files
1194141.0alt+xxxx does not insert special symbols
1394121.0on-screen landscape actually prints portrait in Win95
1474111.2libiconv Korean broken
Top 20 Requests For Enhancement
12766781.2Table support
1261332FutureNeed to support footnotes and endnotes
2321172Future[RFE] Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?
195042FutureWish for automatic Table of Contents
192936FutureHyphenation is missing in Abiword
114433FutureImprove KWord import/export filters
218325---Compatibility with StarOffice XML
127023FutureAbiword should graphical columns ala wordperfect 8/9
216921FutureLine numbering
229420FutureTool palette instead of toolbars
1262181.2[RFE] need to rewrite RTF import
187517FutureImport of StarOffice Writer documents (*.sdw)
808161.2Tables not imported from RTF
51515Futurecolumns change should only affect selected text
236015FutureResizing bitmap images
236513FutureAbiWord needs 'view codes'
193512Futureinconsistecy re "units" selection in 3 different places
176212Future[RFE] import html as produced by Netscape Mozilla Composer v...
229612Futuredoc import: footnotes

Closed Bugs

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
Bug IDDescription
1298I have a .doc file which crashes AbiWord
1400RTF export should export fields
1437DocBook export breaks high-bit chars (like apostrophes)
1545Help only works for localizations en-US es-ES fr-FR
1646custom bulleted lists, heart diamond star lists etc
1921Can't access help system
2005AbiWord crashes when print preview selected
2187Low level list numbers are not reset by a higher level list
2394Lexmark Printer Problem
2440RTF fields can't be pasted
2536abiword crashes when text is copied from a web page and past
2540Color on the font (or Police ?)
2561Problem with "Change text color"
2564AbiWord doesn't allow user-specified browser
2572Flaky behavior when specifying directory to open files from
2628[gtk] "Save As" panel says "Open file as type"
2641Linking fails on a libc5 system, iconv error
2643can't start AbiWord app
2650slovenian spellcheck package should be sl-SI, not sl-sl
2659these AbiWord (.abw) files fail to open (one bogus one crash
2668Italic font-style messes up the colour confinements
2755amp; in menu items
2768page setup margins incorrect behaviour. Abw 0.992
2770Online user manual links are broken
2787Heading text entry problem in auto-created document
2805abiword redraws the text multiple times
2806Spelling mistakes in RPM Summary and Description
2830[WIN98] This doc locks up AbiWord
2844Old developer site
2850Segfault when cutting from a document.
2853GTK assertion violations
2875hyphen at end of line makes text jump
2888Unresolved iconv symbols
2911italic and subscript
2912crash on close [windows 98]
2913typo in \MSVC6\Readme.txt
2923open word doc, save as abw, load abw == bogus document
2932does not build with autoconf 2.53
2952Debian unstable AbiWord freezes at first 'space' entered
2965add Polish
2974Crash when inserting a hyperlink
2980Deadlock while saving a .doc file as .abw
2989zoom changes combined with column layout changes cause crash
2994abiword crashes when switching layouts
2996typo: Change "use" to "you".
2998Help|About shows pretty old copyright
3012"Go to" dialog visual behaviour
3017saving 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.

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.

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. [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 :)

  2. 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?)

  3. 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!

Special Interest --

From time to time, this section will contain essay-style text about various special interests of the AbiWord development.