AbiWord Weekly News #133, (2003, week 09, released 2003.03.09)
Welcome to this issue 133 of the AbiWord Weekly News.
Seth Delackner's file conversion utility has its first release for the brave. GNOME and Bonobo are chugging along nicely And, in theory, an end to belated AWN's has finally arrived ^_^
This week in development
Marc goes GLADE-happy while also pushing hard on the Word Perfect plugin. Dom takes out a good number of bugs and enhancements, a number worth noticing, and, at the same time, has begun noticeable alterations to the setup of the help systems. In a near rarity, a Patch Prize is also included this week.
Silliness of the Week
Ooh, fortune cookie!
Reform requires swift actionOoh, another fortune cookie!
fortune cookies are not meant to be eaten, you capitalist scumOoh, final fortune cookie!
previous fortune cookie tainted with cyanide
And remember, I give you an email address so you can talk to me, in case you're not on either mailing list.
In this issue:
Editor(s) of this issue: E. A. Zen
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DISCLAIMER: It should be generally noted that anything said before the "In this issue:" line is purely editorial.
Traffic on the developer mailing list has settled at about 200-400 postings per week. This week, interesting topics on the developer list included:
Commit: Initial GLADEification , Commit: forgot glade-detection , Commit: see the light and unbreak the tree Commit: more libglade stuff and Commit: InsertTable dialog gladification : Marc begins committing his work towards the use of GLADE for building the dialogues. Marc's initial commits were intended to give Frank a view of some of the troubles Marc was having with the auto* build system. Later, the viable support, the glade peer library (libglade), was added, making it possible to create glade-ified dialogues -- no cute logo was available at press time. Unix dialogues are now done in 100+ fewer lines of code; however, one Michael D. Pritchett maintains his original thought on the concept, summed up in the eloquent phrase, "Grrrrr."
Commit: rewritten the WordPerfect importer Commit: make the WordPerfect plugin compile : Marc works on far more than just glade, you know. This commit results in the official dependence on the libwpd for WordPerfect importation. "How good is it" you ask? See the same standard document in Word Perfect and AbiWord CVS.
Commit: Selection Preserving class : Dom creates a new class for handling selected text, which may help with numerous issues on how AbiWord is handling selection issues. "A few bugs out of the way, sounds great, Eric." Nice, but there's more to it than that. Martin discusses his ideas for expanding the class into handling whole columns of tables and similar examples; Martin estimates implementing the feature would take two Sevior* Weeks to implement. Unfortunately, fortunately and otherwise, Dom would rather use that time to stabilize the current Abi-HEAD for the coming release of AbiWord II: The Wrath of Dom. Now, everyone get back to the bug squashing and leave the dreams in The Dreaming. Go 2.2!
localize abiword??? with my new language : Bill's back and further than ever at translating his language into AbiWord...I think. Either he needs a "How to translate .po A to .po B and make a string file," or someone to upload the new file. <shatner>I'm...just...not sure...which</shatner>....
Re: OS X 10.1.x version MIA : Gareth Jones, a 10.1 user, want to know where to find the 10.1 downloadables mentioned on the website. Hub and Frank, having upgraded to Jaguar, appear to have forgotten the site specifies 10.1, not 10.2. Frank mentions that he only marked the later releases as Jaguar because they failed to compile on 10.0.4. He hints at yet another chance in Redmond that it might be do-able for him to compile another binary in that direction; however, he points out that Apple's X11 beta requires 10.2.3, making it wise enough to upgrade. Gareth is very patient, or, at least, is willing to wait for someone else to make a go at binary for a 10.0.x or 10.1.x system. The site should be changed to say 10.2 (a few minutes with sed will have fixed that). Anyone still on 10-10.1 system is welcome to compile a binary should Frank not find the time, or, for that matter, his buried 10.0.4 system.
ut_contextGlyph: display code or document code? : A nice update to Seth Delackner's attempt at creating an independent system for .doc to .rtf conversion. ut_contextGlyph.h is causing a few headaches when generating the Rich Text Format. Though, as Tomas explains, "anything that lives in the text/fmt directory is concerned solely with display," Martin points out that, a long time ago, to prevent replicating much of the import and export code, it was decided to use the existing to code to do many of the calculations that occur outside of the piecetable., which includes glyph construction, e.g. the shaper in the contextGlyph case.
commit: abiword-plugins: libxml2-based HTML import : Frank excitedly announces the release of a competent HTML importer, thus, allowing for much bug squashing in the future. I believe his exact words were, "Yay! Yay! At long long last we have competent HTML import!" Now, he may even have time for his interview about e-monk.
Commit: some help work; RFP , Commit: HTML export fixes, another gnome documentation script and Commit: Gnome Help Integration (finally) : Dom would like to separately package the help files, specializing the needs for independent desktop needs, e.g. no hanging in Yelp for GNOME, creation of .hlp for Windows, et. c. This is the initial work committed by Dom, combined with a request for others to look into the matter and make some prudent decisions.
Testing new localization : Pierre has been trying to get Lojban to work on his system, but is having some difficulty in doing so. Dom believes it is the fault of the libc of the operating system he is using, for when a system lacks a locale, there's plum-doodle all the hackers in Abi-Land can do about it.
abiconvert project (alpha release for test only) : Tada! Seth is proud to announce the first version of the extracted AbiWord file conversion utility, abiconvert. For a standard source-only version, visit Seth's source copy. Mac Jag users can get an already compiled already executable. Legal discussions and a standard queue of "why and why not"s is included.
Xft dependency on OS X? : Going through dependency hell, OS X users? As mentioned two weeks ago, Frank has put together a solution package just for you. He explains, "AbiWord itself isn't the most stable of applications at the moment, but...with this installed it would be relatively easy to build CVS AbiWord yourself and so keep up to date with development."
Traffic on the user mailing list is sporadic at best. Often, a good topic comes up, but users tend to only respond to the original poster rather than the list (as well), which limits what I would add, as the only lone threads I post are announcements of importance or points of great interest. This week, interesting topics on the user list included:
Bidi on AW 1.1.3 : Uri Elias lists a series of major issues in 1.1.3 in regards to the bidirection capabilities (or lack thereof) of AbiWord. Raphael Finkel explains why these issues occur and how to fix them; though, I would think telling a user to alter their keymap for one application is, to say the least, off-putting.
printing problems : Another story of daring, of he who'd dare use CVS HEAD as their primary word processor. Alan G. Isaac learns of a poignant printing problem precariously placed in CVS HEAD, particularly for Windows users. And now, a reminder to Jeremy to make sure the CVS STABLE option is implemented in the automated downloader: Jeremy, make sure the CVS STABLE option is implemented in the automated downloader.
Debian Woody packages of 1.0.4? : Martin Keienburg would love a nice .deb package for Woody. I don't think we have one, so, if a generous Debian user could spare the time to make one and send to Dom or Hub, there's a good chance one might exist for download shortly there after. For more on a related subject, check out Re: problem installing on Mandrake 9.0.
dumb AbiWord user on a mac : Don Robertson didn't know that the development term of "Unix" did, indeed, apply to OS X. Don's made the horrible, horrible mistake of selecting, "ignore Unix font paths" in his preferences. These errors can only be fixed by editing your AbiWord profile directly; here, in particular, the line a few up from the second scheme called "UnixFontPath=". Speaking from the GNU/Linux perspective, the default appears to be "fonts".
Track who put in how much and why. And, while you're at it, consider whether you'd like to keep your own cvs build as well. Tables...ooh....
|CVS checkins 2003.02.23 - 2003.03.01|
fix crasher for jskov, bump version #, make use GB instead of AU or US for user engrish, selection preservation/restore class,
PT inserter class for clipboard interactions then move Insert class to IE_Imp proper,
new! XHTML import clipboard support with HTML4 (sorta functional),
stop gdk errors, fix assert when doing --to fix crash when file specified on command line, fix text import/paste, bump down html,
disable custom toolbars by default until some bugs get fixed and fix redraw issue in top and left ruler with respect to expose events,
make style preview look ok, make some previews work again, make Star/OpenWriter compile again;
Documentation: Commit: some help work; RFP, add print dialog documentation--awaiting dchart-foo, remove .html from all of the help files, remove help files from main tree, integration with GNOME help, script to auto-generate GNOME docbook documentation from our ABW sources;
GNOME: page size handling improved, increased Bonobo work(server activation, print functionality, usable functionality reached), custom page sizes, intelligent and crash-proof* font creation mechanism, print and print=preview fixes, correct which interfaces and such that we export, print to handle justified text, remove some old gnome sources and let abi run without a display, handle naughty displays while also placating a gnome build segv, gucharmap support, script to auto-generate GNOME docbook documentation from our ABW sources, gnome html generator, gnome help integration;
Win32: build fixes, mouse coordinates fixed for layout units, file dialog fix, perhaps get the caret drawing, plus honor line width in several situations where '1' was being used before, 2 tdus needed for proper image placement;
Bugs: 615, 2937, 3134, 3297, 3379, 3591, 3712 by Andy Shevchenko, 3886, 4030, 4441, 4561, 4563, 4573 (partial), 4608 and 4658 (partial)
|uwog||42||GLADE2-ing various dialogue pieces, make the about dialogue not crash, completely rewritten the import part of the WordPerfect plugin which now requires libwpd to function, update nl_NL translation, Format Table dialog layout units fix, requests cute li'l logo for the About dialogue, remove dupe wpd-1 include, make word perfect plugin compile|
|fjfranklin||33||glade detection tweaks, added glade detection to plugins, forward port of block-tracker, forward port of XHTML import improvements, add XHTML importer back into abi, clean-up, and fix nasty crasher in old HTML import code, add mechanism to XML importer to override default XML parser, allow UT_XML to be subclassed, disable auto-recognition of old HTML import plugin, correct the location of XHTML and libtidy, UT_HTML sub-class of UT_XML, based on libxml2, option to use libxml2 (default) instead of libtidy for HTML parser, add the new HTML import plugin|
gtkcritical warnings in abiwidget, Zoom size remembered, deleting endnotes/footnotes no longer crashes, table related bugs
|hippietrail||23||changed plain English "en" profile Language from Australian English to US English, new! added profiles for most right-to-left languages which merely set document locale and RTL text direction, added A4 page size and cm units to all RTL profiles and requests anyone to correct any that they know to be wrong|
|plam||23||small cleanups to frame implementation (Unix), remove --show option for build, rework args architecture slightly so that GTK & GNOME can "slurp" args, removed non-functional poptFreeContext for gnome|
|mpritchett*||8||build fix, fix fonts using new resolution stuff, fixed header list|
|sam||7||creating the beginning framework of what will be the pre-included regression tests for AbiWord (because he's cool that way)|
|mgilbert||3||putted about with .cvsignore, improved package information for FreeBSD systems.|
|rms||3||Malay update by Sharuzzaman Ahmat Raslan, removed build-breaking reference to credits.txt, updated abiword.spec-template|
|jeremyd*||2||warning fix, temporarily commented out the help-related references for the big switch|
major rewrite of the font code which is broken due to a "misfeature" in Photon 6.2.1
<snide remark>I'm sure all three (four) AbiWord on QNX users will appreciate this when it works properly.</snide>*
|phma||2||Yiddish update by Raphael Finkel|
*dom: testing some sorting ideas, what do you think?
*mpritchett: system-related work is Windows unless stated otherwise.
*crash-proof: and my cat is guaranteed not to cough up hairballs on Fridays...
*jeremyd: system-related work is Windows unless stated otherwise.
*phearbear: system-related work is QNX unless stated otherwise.
*snide remark: Sure, in a few years, that number may double, but I'm reporting it now-ish.
Dom, with the help of all those of you who donated to help keep AbiWord great, re-established the Weekly Prize Patch. Established at $45 pre-charges (read: the financial companies cut), the prize is awarded by the decision of Martin and Dom, both of whom must agree on the winner. Though neither Dom nor Martin may vote for themselves, they posses to "trumps" that allow them to vote for the other, therefore nullifying that other's vote. Most importantly, winning is entirely dependent on how lagered-up Martin and Dom are at the time in question.
Abi Patch prize..
A very special TRUMP this week sees the patch prize go to Dom and Pat Lam
for some incredible long-term efforts to fix our internal units usage.
We now use a single unified set of units to calculate text positions at
all resolutions, all zooms and for printing. This makes AbiWord 100%
WYSIWYG for the first time.
In addition the code base allows us to investigate implementing
extremely rapid zooming even of large documents.
The concept of a "Project Of the Week" is to single out tasks of major interest that outside developers might be interested in providing assistance to. Until a "best way" of listing POWs comes to mind, they shall be listed in a short description. Any user interested is welcome to assist in tackling these POWs. If you know someone who's interested, you can link directly to a POW, in order, they're pow5 (at the top) through pow1 (at the bottom). Reminder to developers, I can't post them if you don't submit them. Additionally, feel free to announce if one of these is finished (in case you don't mention it on the list or in the cvs). Oh, and in case you didn't notice, they're a great way to get money from Dom, really!
Description: This bug contains a compilation of numerous spelling-related bugs. Interested parties can do simple work, like Q&A to see what's still there, to more complex work, like dialogue fixin' and locale conversion If you have a current Abi and some time, you, too, can help
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Recommended Outline: Whatever's easiest for you
Comments: All in all, there's something for everyone in there.
System: Any and every OS.
AbiVersion: Current (1.0.4, I would guess, dev and cvs releases may occur as well)
Challenge level: Variable
Current Heros: You must be magical to know how to fix this
Name: Project Blue Ant.
Description: Perform component-specific tests, document procedural changes and open bugs as necessary.
Advertisement: Play the game and get a hero credit; more recognition than QA!
Recommended Outline: Email email@example.com and include available system types, AbiVersions and previous testing experience. Receive testing instructions which will take one to two hours to complete.
Comments: No experience required. A good way to be introduced to AbiWord contribution efforts.
System: Any and every OS.
AbiVersion: 1.0.4 only (for now at least)
Challenge level: *.... 1 star out of 5
Current Heros: "Some of the most active were Mikey Cooper, Tom Purl and Eric Blom."
Name: Style and/or Diction Plugins (bug 3281) (do either/or or both!)
Description: build a plugin to allow AbiWord to check style and diction
Advertisement: me got no grammar fixer, help mes can't you?
Recommended Outline: Create a plugin for AbiWord that allows the checking of style and diction. The source code for the gnu style and diction tools is available here: http://www.gnu.org/software/diction/diction.html
As a prototype you might be able to hack something using the AbiCmd plugin to wrap the style and diction tools. The AikSaurus (Thesaurus) plugin should also be a helpful guide.
When you get the basics working you could try to get AbiWord to display green squiggle underlines to mark errors, or otherwise work on a good user interface.
Comments: A great way to start playing with the AbiSource
System: Any OS will be fine.
Challenge level: ***.. 3 stars out of 5
Current Hero: The mastery of Kung Fu has yet to appear.
Name: Fix Windows printing boogs (bug 3239)
Description: Tackle some or more of the various bugs that cause issues in attempting to print under Windows
Advertisement: ????????????????????????????? (no, that's really the ad!)
Recommended Outline: You must become magical to know how to fix this.
Comments: "The problem is that printing on Windows is broken with several brand of printer drivers (see dependent bugs). It appears that with standard PostScript driver it does not happen. It appears also that version 0.9.6 had less problems than 1.0.1 so we might find out where the regression is bu diffing.
"Please, be sure to read all the bug reports. Even partial fix are accepted.
"Fixes must be done against STABLE tree and possibly ported to HEAD (the later can be done as a second step)."
This comes from Hub
Notice: This may already have been fixed with the libiconv upgrade, stay tuned!
Challenge level: ****. 4 stars out of 5
The MoFos who had the Huevos for this POW:
(crash on print)
(text work around)
Name: More Windows Maintainers
Description: Mike, Jordi and Jeremy could always use help
Advertisement: Help free people from the oppression of MSWord today!
Recommended Outline: You must become magical to know how to fix this.
Comments: Wouldn't be a bad idea to start with the printing bug...
Challenge level: ****. 4 stars out of 5
Current Hero: Jordi Mas
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. Ah, another release, another change of what bugs are on the "Most Wanted" list.
|Top 20 Problems|
|3525||90||---||font incorrectly printed and spaced|
|376||80||2.0||File associate problems for all file types with Win32Slu......|
|4057||60||---||Thesaurus Shift+F7 keybindings shortcuts consistency|
|428||44||2.0||Hitting return at the beginning of a paragraph changes fo......|
|2362||30||1.0.x||AbiWord only prints across half of page|
|3970||30||---||changing layouts can lead to showing other location than ......|
|4049||30||---||Crash on open file from floppy or network drive.|
|3778||29||---||Hanging indent setting ignores units|
|2868||25||2.0||character widths are not calculated correctly for some fonts...|
|2421||20||2.0||TM, Bullet, Euro, Smart Quotes and other symbols originat......|
|3488||20||---||Weird crash when editing|
|1394||17||2.0||on-screen landscape actually prints portrait in Win95|
|2924||15||---||printing abw documents defaults to black pages|
|3083||15||Future||[META] Redesign smart quote system|
|3216||15||1.0.x||[Tabstops Cannot be Set in Second (or Third) Column|
|3801||15||---||Incremental loader seems to struggle with large files|
|4538||15||2.0||Crash when cutting and pasting|
|1865||13||---||Header/footer not loaded properly from .doc|
|2962||13||2.0||Printer problems with Lexmark printers on Windows|
|Top 20 Requests For Enhancement|
|2183||289||Future||Fully Support OpenOffice's XML file format|
|1374||96||Future||[RFE] print odd and/or even pages only (for front & back ...|
|1950||94||Future||Wish for automatic Table of Contents|
|3668||76||---||Support for window tabs instead of separate windows|
|2565||72||Future||Add true MS Word .doc export capability|
|2490||71||2.0||Finish Cocoa Frontend|
|2321||70||---||[RFE] Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?|
|1144||67||Future||Improve KWord import/export filters|
|515||41||Future||columns change should only affect selected text|
|1929||37||Future||Hyphenation is missing in AbiWord|
|2365||36||---||AbiWord needs 'view codes'|
|2186||30||Future||The insert page break setting is lost for custom styles|
|2219||27||Future||AUTONUM wanted in [ Insert/Field/Number ] menu|
|2164||25||Future||Ability to set default print command anywhere|
|2296||25||Future||doc import: footnotes|
|3233||21||2.0||New Language preference menu|
|3419||20||Future||[RFE] Add microspacing feature (tracking) for characters|
|3393||18||---||Table of Contents, Table of Images, Table of Index genera......|
Congratulations to Dom on units and congratulations to Dom and Frank for the HTML import; of course, one must ask, why didn't Frank get a prize!? Additional hooptiha for the GNOME printing, Mr. Lachowicz. I'm sure this was a fine week for many.
In the past week, the following Bugs have been verified as fixed. The listed Bugs have all been put in either CLOSED or RESOLVED mode as FIXED. Can you believe I said QA will return next week when it's been here (or not been here) for three weeks? Final reminder, owners are the squishers and qa are the flushers (in case there's some question).
One other note, and this will apply across the bug area when the idea of credit comes up,
|Bugs Resolved This Week|
|This Week's Bug Squishers:|
|1||Rui Miguel Seabra|
What you see here are either invalid bug reports or duplicates. So, basically, I'm showing everyone else how doofy you are sometimes. On average*, confirming duplication or non-validity takes four minutes and thirty-five seconds. That's the equivalent of 8LLOC of time for Dom. Any other questions why development isn't as fast as you want?
|Non-Bugs Flushed this Week|
|This Week's Most Active Bug Flushers:|
Bug spotters, beware, we're watching you!
|Bugs Found this Week|
This is an AbiWord Weekly News original concept: The Release Hackdown. In the table below, you can watch what bugs are being fixed in preparation for the very next release. Check the key at the bottom to understand formatting.
No pressure, guys, I'm sure only 2000 or so people will be watching to see what you do weekly. That breaks down to about 285 people daily and 12 people hourly, so, it's like being peeked at once every five minutes, literally. "Isn't that veird!?"
This documents the progress of various bugs and features Hub hopes to have ironed out by 1.0.5. May the source be with him, always.
|HackDown to 1.0.5|
|2223||cannot open psiWord files (re-opened)|
||crash on zoom|
|3239||[META] Windows printing bugs|
||Crashes repeatably while attempting to edit header|
|3488||Weird crash when editing|
|3561||Crash on embedded AbiWord in Evolution|
|3625||Multi Substitution waste memory|
|3632||editing the numbering style of a roman numeral list hangs/crashes|
||Page setup has a problem with margins in millimeters|
|3678||[STABLE]Crash when editing this Word document|
|3697||[crash] blank abiword document viewed as text (View Source)|
||AbiWord crashes during import of this MS Word document|
|3858||export wrong content when choosing export to "Simplified Chinese GB_2312-80" encoded text|
|4068||Crash when mouse leaves selected header|
|4070||[META] crash on load bugs|
|4093||Program Terminates on Open|
|4097||Save dialog file extension weirdness|
|4125||.doc file does not import correctly (BiDi issues).|
|4183||Save/reload puts spurious characters in simple file in 1.0.3|
|4283||// comments expose lots of bugs|
|4304||crash when changing font of certain text (e.g. page numbers)|
|4363||[STABLE] Abi crashes after document open/close if text selected|
|4481||Format > Tabs dialog box completely broken|
|4531||Page breaks ignored in RTF|
|4559||section break handling is broken|
|4647||AbiWord 1.0.4 crashes with zh_CN chinese font locale|
|4650||AbiWord.exe Entry Point Not Found|
|4656||AbiWord 1.0.4 does not compile with gcc-3.2.2 and perl-5.8.0|
*Strike-out bug numbers and greyed text are resolved.
*Bold bug numbers and bold text are assigned.
*Italicized bug numbers and italicized text are unconfirmed.
*Normal bug numbers and normal text have not yet been approached.
On our way to two-point-oh, affectionately referred to as, AbiWord II: The Wrath of Dom.
|HackDown to AbiWord II: The Wrath of Dom|
|Bug ID||Open of Total||Description|
|2145||2 of 3||FCC 508 accessibility regulation compliance|
|2921||2 of 2||abi can leak memory [tracker bug]|
|3064||6 of 7||[TRACKER] AbiWord Performance|
|3239||27 of 38||[META] Windows printing bugs|
|4425||0 of 0||squash all warnings|
|4465||25 of 36||[META] Spelling bugs|
|4466||12 of 22||[META] "Motion" Bugs|
|4467||9 of 11||[META] Find/Replace bugs and enhancements|
|4488||2 of 13||[META] Help System Bugs|
|4627||14 of 15||[META] Copy/Paste bugs|
Hub adds three new bugs while knocking off two pre-existing bugs. Dom adds the occasional bug here and there while knocking off about the same number of bugs elsewhere.
See Announce: 2.0 release plan for more details on the intended route towards AbiWord II: The Wrath of Dom.
Open Source, Open Books. Approximately once a month, don't hedge bets, I'll get this updated by asking (read: whining at) dom. In the meantime, whenever you want to see how much is in and where it gets diverted, just peek down here.
Current Balance: $1616.00
Unique contributors: 58*
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