AbiWord Weekly News #147, (2003, week 23, released 2003.06.08)
Welcome to this issue 147 of the AbiWord Weekly News.
Screenshots are not directly in the AWN to speed up loading times, and we do have a few this week, btw. Latest Releases holds updated information for 1.0.6 binaries.
This week in development
Frank releases a new utility, AbiBits, for Mac OS X users who love their ProjectBuilder. Along with that, Christian Neumair has more HIGrrrification™ screenshots to show off, and an official BeOS developer may be waiting in the wings! Win32 users can find out why they should thank Mikey, while POSIX users may want to give a thank you to Stephen Viles. Also within: Open Text Summariser screenshot and more proposed improvements; starving hacker makes up difference out of his pocket for server costs, and a possible POW that could be ZAP'd before it's made official...if you've got the time.
Request for user assistance
Windows users, your help is doubly requested*. We would like to see more bug reports coming from the Windows crowd, so, if you're feeling more daring, please download and try out the Win32 binaries when they're available. If you want some sweet functionality in AbiWord II: The Wrath of Dom, you will have to participate. You could also consider joining Project Blue Ant.
Attention users with spare change. Marc ended up on the wrong end of a money conversion. He's now 144 euros in debt for our soon to exist alternative server at the University of Twente*.
Silliness of the Week
Gentoo 1.4 is Vaporware. It shall never come to pass. Mark my words!
Speaking of Mark and Words, did you know that, in a thread where a crash was fixed via the power of open source, Gilbert dared to say, in his normally fecicious manner, "I love collaboration, don't you? They should make software where the source is open and developers work together collaboratively, that would be cool. I wonder if such a thing is possible...?" He's a funny li'l pischer, ain't he?
Ok, new rule: You (you know who you are ;o) can't complain about the content of the AWN if you're not reading it!
Want to stop unjust things from happening in chat? Join! It's #abiword at irc.gimp.org*requested: Danger, a recent incident suggests that this may cause anxiety, anger and/or mood shifts. Windows users not taking MAOI's should have some level of alcohol within their bloodstream.
*University of Twente: I believe "Twente" is nederland for "Porn."
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
If you're interested in using AbiWord for the first time, receiving a more up-to-date version, any particular version or special release, feel free to visit the new Latest Releases page.
DISCLAIMER: It should be generally noted that anything said before the "In this issue:" line is purely editorial. Actually, everything I say is purely editorial. You kind of get used to it.
Traffic on the developer mailing list has settled at about 200-400 postings per week. This week, interesting topics on the developer list included:
PATCH] Password dialog HIGification patch + Set Language dialog fix , [PATCH] More Window dialog HIGification patch and [PATCH] Change Background Color dialog HIGification patch : Christian "Manny" Neumair gives us some more eyeball drooling in the world of HIGrrrification™ The password discussion has one of those holy war references about OK versus something else. However, I'm sure you're more interested in the images, so, fresh from the knackers' yard, I present to you: The Password Dialogue, The Other Open Documents Dialogue and The Background Colour Dialogue.
icon fun : Frank, thinking about the alternative, more universal icon for 2.0 has toyed with a concept or two. His mesmorizing take on the classic SourceGear logo, titled, Swish...128. Ironically, the way Balsa screwed it up for me looked cooler; just don't tell Frank that ;o) You've never seen trademark abuse like this!
Commit(Stable): Win32 build fix : 1.0.6 is now buildable for Win32 users, thanks to Mikey. You'll find this and others on the Latest Releases page.
commit: Methods to extract text form the document. : Martin adds some framework to Abi to extract text from a document. This may be useful for plugins like OTS and Style/Diction/Grammer checker.
unixfonts : James Ogley finds something missing in the tarball for 1.0.6 -- Unix Fonts. Hub picks up and retags after that horrifying incident.
Patch Win32 StatusBar : Ruud Vring, a.k.a. ArVee, has patched the status bar for Win32 users to allow the messages in it to stretch appropriately to the window length.
new abibits module : Frank and PlaidRab(?) have been working on a ProjectBuilder project for Mac OS X to build the needed Cocoa framework necessary for Abi to function. All this work is going towards the secret project, HanAbi. It's like HanSolo, but different. AbiBits builds but doesn't really do anything for right now, but you can find it here. Seth Delackner has been working on a similar project that "isolates all of the code necessary for doing read/write (and imp/exp) with somewhat reduced dependencies on the rest of AbiWord;" which can be nabbed from way over here via a subversion sync-up (people using this already?). Now, as for how those two products are related, well, that's for you to guess at.
New Server (BlueAnt) status : Marc updates on why we don't have our new server yet. See the costs, and then realize that Marc has no food money for the next month!
Fwd: New BeOS diff File! : Rumour has it Dom's made a selection on who's in to keep BeAbi alive. Thus far, we know the name is "Jun."
Proposal: using OTS and keeping the style info of the document; : Nadav Rotem discusses on the possibility of expanding the function of the Open Text Summarizer. Want to see it? Open Text Summariser at Work
1.0.6 binaries wanted : Just a reminder to developers. Win32 users, take note: The bidi version will only be built if sufficient interest justifies it; plugins installer not uploaded to sourceforge because the nederlander was only half there, apparently.
[RFC] Proposed AbiWord preferences dialog mockup , Re: [Usability] [RFC] Proposed AbiWord preferences dialog mockup and Re: Proposed AbiWord preferences dialog mockup : Christian Neumair wants to know how the preferences dialogue should look. A holy war on usability, gui functionality and lord knows what didn't break out...much, but several good points, thoughts and suggestions made it to the list. See this bug for related discussion. Mock up of various preferences included User Interface, Document, Spelling and Other.
Commit: disable gtk+ deprecated stuff : Ever want to ZAP a POW before it was official? Here's your chance. Locate the remainder of the gtk+ deprecated and gdk deprecated calls, and you can make Dom happy. As he put it, "Most are just dialogs that need some Glade2-lovin+GtkTreeView." How can you ignore a request that has the word "lovin" in it?
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 2003.06.01 - 2003.06.07|
|Frank J. Franklin||105||
build fixes (experimental code; no one affcted but me), fixes etc,
new UT_XML::ExpertListener class for advanced parsing, new UT_XML::ExpertListener class for advanced parsing,
XML parser was accidentally quitting,fix silly error in map method plus some tidying,
make it possible to divert the DEBUG output to a file instead of stderr
AbiBits: initial import of binary files to new abibits module, fix accidental use of absolute path (c. hub), fix more absolute paths (c. hub), updates--if I'm hasty-it's hub's fault, set installation path for AbiBits.framework to be @executable_path/../Frameworks, define UT_DEBUG now rather than NDEBUG, set self = [super init*] on hub's advice, remove confusing & unnecessary method, pass Finder-clicked documents to DocumentController properly... almost, double-clicked documents only open once now, add (empty) "Miscellaneous" bundle/plugin target, plugin support classes, make plugin buildable (looks cute :-) - not that it does anything though, attempt to load plugin... not successful yet :-(, plugin loads now :-) happiness is...being sued under the DMCA, rearrange abibts build system interdependencies, redirect DEBUG output to file, Carbon toolbar stuff, happiness is... a toolbar, build tweaks, add a new panel for displaying node properties to HanAbi application, instantiate table delegates in main nib, flesh out HanAbi APT panel & delegate classes a little, build fixes & partial implementation of panel attributes / propertiesa, add property hash hook to UT_Element, display text contents of nodes, double clicking a HanAbi plugin in the Finder will now start HanAbi and a new plugins' panel will pop-up asking whether you wish to activate the plugin..., panels can now be displayed by selecting them in the Window menu
|Dom Lachowicz||78||Manny's numerous HIGrrification™ patches, remove c++ ism in ots grader, ots plugin seems to work, en masse removal of all deprecated stuff (abiwidget too), fix insert page#, insert break, new glade dialog--no impl, re-org the menus, fix lock style bug|
|Hubert Figuiere||68||new keyboard handling--now accept tabs--basic NSTextInput implementation, new files for project builder, removal of exporter in project builder, changed default build style in project builder, Patch by Jun Suzki[hang-up selected Paste Unformatted, hang-up while Find Dialog Closing, hang-up while Font Dialog Closing, remain ToolBars room when hided, remain StatusBar room when hided, statusBar can show/hide, menus Strings can accept only English (Japanese and another Multibyte language may display... )], corrected files being added to wrong directory, always do "self = [super init]", now activate NSStepper to works properly in Cocoa, I hate project builder for defaulting to absolute path for new files, keybindings handled directly with Edit Commands, simplier and more efficient toolbar construction and handling, handle UTF-8 font name--ignore font names that match ^#.*, assert if width and height are not properly set when drawing, toolbar Show/Hide function, fixed a bug of Search/Replace Dialog accept only ASCII, (I shall remove some search function's bug of frame-side that not accept UTF-8), clean up Keyboard events, take into accoutn non flipped view for Mouse events, ruler is properly redrawn, handle non flipped view, removed UNIX code so SCO can't sue us, disabled offscreen, fixed color of lines: now it is correctly set, minor clean ups, removal of Dead code|
|Martin Sevior||27||fix insert row for all cases, allow table controls to be outside the left and right margins, fix long standing bug 428 from Stephen Viles, final fix for dragging cell markers outside the page margins, new methods to extract text from the document for plugins and other uses, fix for a rare crash in Left ruler, fixes for the bonobo component, make the cursor change size and position immediately after changing the font size and super/subscript settings, cursor height is matches the font height when next to images, autoupdate the document suffix when changing the saved document type on unix|
|Tomas Frydrych||19||revert Unicode patch for win32, stop processing if doc handler return !0 in wv, style import,|
|Andrew Dunbar||17||Sardinian string update from Francesco Cheratzu, updated English (AU, GB, IE) strings, removed AU strings which were not different to default strings, re-factored the Language dialog, renamed some poorly named identifiers, fixed some strings|
|Mark Gilbert||fix crash on plugin list when no plugins, fix build--dom owes donuts--part I, fix build--part II--dom will fix the deprecated stuff later, dom better fix these soon before non-gcc people get wind, fix build--remember someone needs to fix these to not use deprecated code (and then take out the undefs and warnings)|
|Johan Björk*||12||make stuff compile again, getGR -> getGraphics, one button was assigned the wrong value, if I blame some windows build--shoot me--but that code did not make sense, diving make updates, new find updates--wholewords and reverse|
|Rui Miguel Silva Seabra||6||fix rpm building for ots, rpmbuild --with ots will enable the ots plugin in plugins-tools|
|Jordi Mas*||5||Bugs: 5141 and 5188|
|Marc Maurer||2||more pixel fighting, make the image resize boxes pixel perfect|
|Michael D. Pritchett*||2||ArVee's PATCH for Win32 StatusBar|
*Johan Björk*: system-related work is QNX unless stated otherwise.
*Jordi Mas: system-related work is Win32 unless stated otherwise.
*Michael D. Pritchett: system-related work is Win32 unless stated otherwise.
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 two "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.
No one received the Patch Prize between the first and seventh of June.
Should I just remove this?
This section is to be changed to integrate with the rest of the AbiSource POW pages. New version to be ready with 2.0...or next week, depending on how much work-work I get done. I just corrected Statics tables, so, this still stands. Scroll, scroll, scroll...
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 come 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 Heroes: 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 Heroes: "Some of the most active were Mikey Cooper, Tom Purl and Eric Blom."
Name: Style and/or Diction Plugin(s) (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
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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: 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 Heros: Jordi Mas, Jeremy Davis
Resolved to Unconfirmed was quite high this week; however, it was a weak market for the Verified to New index. Changes of Closed to Assigned remained in the positive, though very nominal. Like the VeriNew before it, investors are being warned to be wary of the growing ResoUnconf market. Alan Bluespan noted that though the continued adulation of Resolutions is founded, the market will become more equally distributed in the near future. Louis Bugkyser, notable development analyst, reported that several advisors have already suggested that the cycle of Closed to Assigned will begin again; if true, this will be the first major return of the aging market in nearly a year.
For information about how to view the chart, please read 142's Special Interest.
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|
|376||80||2.0||File associate problems for all file types with Win32Slu......|
|3550||61||---||Mouse wheel still bugged in documents >59 pages|
|3778||40||---||Hanging indent setting ignores units|
|2362||35||1.0.x||AbiWord only prints across half of page|
|3970||31||---||changing layouts can lead to showing other location than ......|
|4049||30||---||Crash on open file from floppy or network drive.|
|4722||30||---||When using -p or --print the output isn't usable|
|4745||30||Future||Change colour of foreground text for screen only|
|2421||25||2.0||TM, Bullet, Euro, Smart Quotes and other symbols originat......|
|2868||25||2.0||character widths are not calculated correctly for some fonts...|
|5198||18||---||Justification doesn't work|
|1394||17||2.0||on-screen landscape actually prints portrait in Win95|
|2924||15||---||printing abw documents defaults to black pages|
|3216||15||1.0.x||[Tabstops Cannot be Set in Second (or Third) Column|
|3801||15||---||Incremental loader seems to struggle with large files|
|1865||13||---||Header/footer not loaded properly from .doc|
|2962||13||2.0||Printer problems with Lexmark printers on Windows|
|1613||11||1.0.x||undo does not know about replacing|
|4062||11||1.0.x||Abiword crashes when used with Acrobat Distiller|
|Top 20 Requests For Enhancement|
|2183||375||Future||Fully Support OpenOffice's XML file format|
|1374||111||Future||[RFE] print odd and/or even pages only (for front & back ...|
|3668||111||---||Support for window tabs instead of separate windows|
|1950||110||Future||Wish for automatic Table of Contents|
|2490||101||2.0||Finish Cocoa Frontend|
|2321||100||---||[RFE] Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?|
|1144||72||Future||Improve KWord import/export filters|
|2565||72||Future||Add true MS Word .doc export capability|
|4057||60||---||Thesaurus Shift+F7 keybindings shortcuts consistency|
|515||41||Future||columns change should only affect selected text|
|2365||39||---||AbiWord needs 'view codes'|
|2366||39||Future||implement floating frame|
|1929||37||Future||Hyphenation is missing in Abiword|
|1851||31||Future||[rfe] Ability to create an ALL CAPS style, and Small Caps......|
|2186||30||Future||The insert page break setting is lost for custom styles|
|2219||27||Future||AUTONUM wanted in [ Insert/Field/Number ] menu|
|3233||26||2.0||New Language preference menu|
|2164||25||Future||Ability to set default print command anywhere|
Stephen Viles was cool enough to take care of 428, Hitting return at the beginning of a paragraph changes.... Out of nowhere, 5198, Justification doesn't work, has risen to notable heights. Meanwhile, 1374, [RFE] print odd and/or even pages only (for front & back...), climbs to second place in the world of enhancements. All that being the result of massive revoting after a few bugs (including Stephen's 428) have been demolished.
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!?"
W00T! Yes, when 1.0.7 has a metabug...when...whenever....
|HackDown to 1.0.5 no more!|
|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|
||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|
||Abiword.exe Entry Point Not Found|
||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||4 of 5||FCC 508 accessibility regulation compliance|
|2921||2 of 2||abi can leak memory [tracker bug]|
|3064||6 of 7||[TRACKER] AbiWord Performance|
|3239||21 of 39||[META] Windows printing bugs|
|4142||3 of 12||make AbiWord comply with GNOME HIG|
|4425||0 of 0||squash all warnings|
|4465||17 of 37||[META] Spelling bugs|
|4466||10 of 22||[META] "Motion" Bugs|
|4467||8 of 11||[META] Find/Replace bugs and enhancements|
|4488||1 of 13||[META] Help System Bugs|
|4627||11 of 16||[META] Copy/Paste bugs|
|5007||0 of 0||bidi in tables|
|5023||0 of 0||format footnote dialogue needs 'do not restart' option|
|5080||0 of 0||Abiword doesn't print arabic texts with vovels properly.|
|5119||0 of 0||setting meta-data does not dirty the document|
No change; go figure; or is it, go figuiere?
See Announce: 2.0 release plan for more details on the intended route towards Abiword II: The Wrath of Dom.
Open Source, Open Books.Last Updated: April 10, 2003
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.
Word of caution, numbers lightly fudged due to (hopefully) temporarily incomplete data. Like a consultant's suggested price, you'll find hidden meaning in the data if you stare long and hard. Surgeon's General's Warning: Staring long and hard may have psychotropic affects; keep out of reach of people who like that sort of thing.
I cannot promise the time of de-fudging, nor can I promise there will be de-fudging any time soon. However, I feel confident that there will be some de-fudging going on.
Current Balance: $1604.34
Interest earned: $8.64
$400 to pay for Martin's Boston Gnome Summit Trip
$400 to buy Andrew Dunbar a new computer
$ 60 to misc./entertainment expenses at GNOME summit, GUAD3C, other, paid out of dom's pocket
$225 Patch Prize (those already successfully awarded)
- $ 45 Will Lachance
- $ 45 Marc Maurer
- $ 45 Ruud Vring
- $ 45 Patrick Lam
- $ 45 Dom Lachowicz
Unique contributors: 58*
check : 3
cash : 1
*58: plusse 3 repeat offenders whom we love dearly
Less paypal and other banking fees: $115.00
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