Re: On the Road to version 1.0

Subject: Re: On the Road to version 1.0
From: Bryce Nesbitt (
Date: Wed Dec 19 2001 - 10:14:35 CST

Here are some specific ideas for fixing the issues raised. None are too hard:

> * .svg import (which does nothing but mess up documents for me)

Disable .svg for 1.0

> * Smart quotes on Linux (the checkbox has no useful effect)

Remove smart quotes checkbox from Linux build (don't show a broken control to the user).

Hard map imported Windows characters
to Linux alternatives (thus loading and saving a document with Linux changes the smart
quotes back to normal quotes). See

> * Styles (which are still a bit unpredictable)

Fix previously reported "upredicable" bug.

> * Bookmarks (which are, as far as I can tell, are invisible after insertion)

Change menu "show paragrahps" to read "show markers". "show paragraphs" does not
communicate that it will also show bookmarks.

Fix rendering issues on Linux.

> * Execute script (which just says ATTN: for me)

"ATTN:" did not communicate to me "Scripting engine not installed". How about
 ghosting the icon if no scripting engine is installed?

> Is image insertion really ready? The lack of .gif and .eps import are hard to take.
> The inability to resize an image, or flow text around it, is a real downside.
Finish resize image code.

Allow images to be anchored to the PAGE. You can make your own image flow using the margin controls.

Add .eps import.

> * Autotext

Ok, I just think Abi could do without this feature. Personal preference.

> I think a review of the existing feature set for solidity and completeness would
> be in order. No new functionality here, but ask if each subfeature works well
> enough to call it 1.0. If not, fix it or disable it for 1.0. AbiWord has been popular
> with less features. IMHO a half baked feature does not belong in 1.0.

Also consier:
        * Ghost the spellchecker menu if there is no dictionary loaded.
          DON'T just say that all words are spelled correctly!

        * Don't allow AbiWord fonts to mess up the system fontpath.

        * Have an EARLIER deadline for fixing all crashing bugs.

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