AbiWord Weekly News #91, (2002, week 19, released 2002.05.13)

Welcome to issue 91 of the AbiWord Weekly News.

This week development on the next major version of AbiWord really took off. And AbiWord 1.0.1 was officially announced.

I've decided to take out the section with POWs since there has not been made any new ones for a really long time. Hopefully someone will bring them back to life as they attracted new developers while they were being actively maintained, yours truly inclusive.

In this issue:

Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov

CVS Stats

CVS checkins 2002.05.06 - 2002.05.12
WhoCommitsIn summary
tomas_f 336 Added Pango sources, removed BiDi ifdefs, some Pango integration work.
dom 266 Fixed wv password problem, fixed XML property of .abw exporter, abiwidget/Nautilus stuff, build fixes, bonobo stuff, GTK2 work, sign fix, ut_hash cleanup, abiwidget work and a segv fix. Fixed Bugs 3252, 3295 (maybe), and 3301.
plam 28 libfribidi build issue, fix segfault, cocoa popt work, XP command line improvements, expat/libxml2 cleanup, ut_mutex fix, comment out some broken Nautilus support, cocoa timer implementation, UCS4 fixes for cocoa, fixed 'make clean', and fixed Bug 3215.
mpritchett 28 Convert from expat to libxml2, win32 build fixes and win32 popt work.
uwog 22 Fixed UCS and compile errors in HTML, KWORD and MsWrite, Applix, ClasisWorks, URLDict, BableFish, Wikipedia, AikSaurus, AbiCommand, WordPerfect and FreeTranslation plugins.
msevior 17 Added base class for next generation containers, next gen layout documentaion, added basics for a Nautilus viewer, and fixed diving build for GNOME.
fjfranklin 15 autoconf platform detection, autoconf tweaks, hash file downloader tweaks (from Gabriel).
biesi 15 libole2 path (from Jeremy), SDW importer work.
dchart 15 ChangeLog update, framework for plugin documentation, and info files for MSDI.
jeremyd 6 Win32 cmdline work, and a libole2 tweak.
rms 1 RPM spec tweaks.
jskov 1 Simplified some fv_View code.

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
1030333FutureInstalling AbiWord messes up fonts in other applications (e....
140295FutureCan not use other than original type1 fonts
376791.2File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slurp
1124691.2Does not honor config/-geometry request
1406481.0.xxhtml documents fail to open: "Bogus html document" msg
3171451.0.xrtf sets top and bottom margins to 0
1747421.2background colour of text selection is always grey
2598361.2Abiword installs bogus fonts of dubious heritage
1194301.2alt+xxxx does not insert special symbols
46524FutureHaettenschweiler font doesn't draw with correct spacing when...
181820---Font reverts to Times New Roman when it shouldn't
1394171.2on-screen landscape actually prints portrait in Win95
229915FuturePrints incorrect margins with split page.
37215Futureconsolidate identical platform code
2868151.2character widths are not calculated correctly for some fonts...
186513---Header/footer not loaded properly from .doc
2962121.2Printer problems with Lexmark printers on Windows
1474111.2libiconv Korean broken
2275101.2dbk not valid after save
Top 20 Requests For Enhancement
12767931.2Table support
1261418FutureNeed to support footnotes and endnotes
2321218Future[RFE] Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?
2183105---Fully Support OpenOffice's XML file format
137466Future[RFE] print odd and/or even pages only (for front & back pri
236553FutureAbiWord needs 'view codes'
195042FutureWish for automatic Table of Contents
192941FutureHyphenation is missing in Abiword
114432FutureImprove KWord import/export filters
51525Futurecolumns change should only affect selected text
127023FutureAbiword should graphical columns ala wordperfect 8/9
229622Futuredoc import: footnotes
221922FutureAUTONUM wanted in [ Insert/Field/Number ] menu
216921FutureLine numbering
236020FutureResizing bitmap images
229420FutureTool palette instead of toolbars
152520FuturePreferences -> Toolbars, Button Style, Both
246219Future[rfe] Add true EPS (Encapsulated Postscript) support
1262181.2[RFE] need to rewrite RTF import

Verified Bugs

In the past week, the following Bugs have been verified as fixed. The listed Bugs have all been put in RESOLVED mode as either FIXED or WORKSFORME and have then been verified by the people listed below. Other causes of resolving a Bug (e.g. as INVALID) are not tracked since they usually do not represent a fixed problem.

Bugs Closed This Week
Bug IDDescription
3215justified list item not justified + asserts
3252Abi adds superfluous language properties to files
This Week's 5 Most Active QA Helpers
1Hubert Figuiere

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Latest Releases

Here are links to the latest official releases of AbiWord for various architectures and operating systems.

AbiWord 1.0.1- Release Notes
AbiWord 1.0.0- Release Notes
AbiWord 0.99.5- Release Notes
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

These are links to snapshot builds of AbiWord for a subset of the supported 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 Snapshots
Linux (GNOME+GTK)i386http://pinohuis.dhs.org/uwog/abiword/Provided by Marc Maurer. These are updated daily. Plugins, clip art, fonts and help files are available too.
Win32i386http://abiword.pchasm.org/Provided by Jeremy Davis. These are updated twice a day. Plugins are available too.
Win32i386http://www.niksbiks.dk/Software/Abi/Provided by Nikolaj Brandt Jensen. These are updated about once a week. BiDi builds are available too.

On the Mailing List

Traffic on the developer mailing list has settled at about 200-400 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. commit HEAD: Pango stuff: People are being active: Tomas has started commiting Pango stuff, ...

  2. Commit: start of GTK2 port: .. Dom started on the GTK2 porting, ...

  3. Commit: Beginnings of Plug-in documentation: .. and David started preparing documentation for all the new plugins. Good to see the documentation keeping track of the development :)

  4. Commit: Bonobo PropertyBag stuff: Dom has also been improving the bonobo support. AbiWord is now an embeddable, printable, persistent, zoomable, configurable GNOME control. Very nice!

  5. IMPORTANT: proposed removal of non-bidi code: Tomas suggested removing the non-BiDi paths of the code. After some explanations in the thread, he went ahead and committed the changes. That means all users will be using the same version of AbiWord in the future, reducing clutter of the source, and avoiding bugs hiding in the least used paths of the old separate builds.

  6. Stable branch maintainer: TBD will be the maintainer of the stable branch. His job will be to make sure bug fixes are applied to the 1.0.x branch and coordinate new releases when appropriate. This will leave the trunk of the "development tree" for major changes.

  7. AbiWord 1.0.1 released: This is the official announcement from Martin. The news also reached slashdot.

Special Interest --

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