Re: Abiword Unicode build on Windows

From: Kathiravelu Pradeeban <>
Date: Tue Oct 12 2010 - 19:46:55 CEST

On Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 9:28 PM, J.M. Maurer <> wrote:
> Hi Dominique!
> > My name is Dominique and I am working with ANAFA in Senegal, Africa.
> > We are translating Abiword into some local african languages in order to
> > teach neo literates to use a computer.
> Excellent!
> > We are facing the problem that the special unicode characters of our
> > languages are not displayed properly in the Abiword interface on
> > Windows, and we've been told that is because Abiword on Windows is not a
> > unicode build.
> This is the current situation: AbiWord 2.8.x and everything before it,
> is indeed not a Unicode build.
> A few months ago we merged all Pradeeban's Unicode work into what will
> become AbiWord 2.9.0. This will be a development release.
> > I wanted to know if the project is still alive.
> Yes, everything is merged into abiword's mainline.
> > How much work has to be done to achieve the goal of the project?
> > I would probably be interested to contribute to make this happen.

I am glad that you are interested in contributing, and some new hands
will surely motivate and accelerate the development effort on this. I
hope to start working on this over the weekends, to fix the remaining
significant bugs before the next release. In the meantime, please do
drop me a line here or ping over the irc (#abiword at,
if you need more information or any assistance on this.

Thank you.

> The unicode port is not complete yet. In practice this means you will
> see some dialogs that show "corrupt" strings. We maintain a list of
> things that still need to be done here:
> My guess is that with a few weeks of volunteer work this could be fixed.
> But this implies someone needs to actually spend time on it :)
> We hope to release AbiWord 2.9.0 really soon, even in its incomplete
> state, so that people can start playing with it.
> Cheers!
>  Marc

Kathiravelu Pradeeban.
Software Engineer.
WSO2 Inc.
Blog: [Llovizna]
Received on Tue Oct 12 19:47:27 2010

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