AbiWord Weekly News #100, (2002, week 28, released 2002.07.15)

Welcome to issue 100 of the AbiWord Weekly News.

It seems development is slowly starting to pick up again. At least it has been a while since we last had the number of checkins we see this week.

As for AbiWord Weekly News, I have decided not to try to make it subscription based after all. See this rant for the details. The short version; in all likelihood I will stop editing AWN in the not too distant future.

In this issue:

Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov

CVS Stats

CVS checkins 2002.07.08 - 2002.07.14
WhoCommitsIn summary
msevior 71 Fixed diving make problem, insert table support, undo after table deletion now works, support deleting tables, support undo of deleted text in tables, undo/redo on tabel insertion works, moved rendering lock, fixed table length, use top-ruler to change table column positions, and fixed width of table columns.
uwog 65 Fixed build breakage, added GNOME dialog for inserting tables, Win32 OLE drag and drop support (from Jordi Mas), improved extended character support (from William Lachance), table ruler work, Win32 insert table dialog (from Jordi Mas), table menu activation/deactivation depending on postion in document, and GTK insert table dialog.
dchart 61 ChangeLog updates, index reference fixes, added index (from Andrew Schoenhofer), toolbar button screenshots (from Andrew Schoenhofer), and added document creation HOWTO.
fjfranklin 58 wv config improvements (from Martin Junius), XAP_Module Spider (simple plugin support) work, Tru64 whitespace fix in wv, added static/dynamic config options, some C++ namespace cleanup, MacOS X libwv build changes, added some wv safety checks, psion plugin config, and updated hancom plugin's wv detection.
mgilbert 11 Table dialog bug fixes, table menu work, topruler fixes, added configury for profiling, and fixed Bug 3581.
jeremyd 7 Win32 plugin work.
plam 4 Fixed various compiler warnings.
hub 3 Use CoreGraphics for rendering on Cocoa.
rms 3 Catalan update (from Jordi Mas) and updated Portuguese.
hippietrail 2 Attempt to fix loading of ruby/furigana from HTML/XHTML.

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
1030370FutureInstalling AbiWord messes up fonts in other applications ......
3269120---Crashing on printing
140295FutureCan not use other than original type1 fonts
376791.2File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slu......
1124691.2Does not honor config/-geometry request
352560---font incorrectly printed and spaced
1406591.0.xxhtml documents fail to open: "Bogus html document" msg
3171551.0.xrtf sets top and bottom margins to 0
1747421.2background colour of text selection is always grey
1194381.2alt+xxxx does not insert special symbols
2598361.2Abiword installs bogus fonts of dubious heritage
236230---AbiWord only prints across half of page
2868251.2character widths are not calculated correctly for some fonts...
181824---Font reverts to Times New Roman when it shouldn't
2421201.2TM, Bullet, Euro, Smart Quotes and other symbols originat......
1394171.2on-screen landscape actually prints portrait in Win95
3216161.0.xtabstops can't be set in second (or third) column
229915FuturePrints incorrect margins with split page.
292415---printing abw documents defaults to black pages
Top 20 Requests For Enhancement
12768221.2Table support
12614881.2Need to support footnotes and endnotes
2321245Future[RFE] Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?
2183178FutureFully Support OpenOffice's XML file format
236590FutureAbiWord needs 'view codes'
137467Future[RFE] print odd and/or even pages only (for front & back ...
195052FutureWish for automatic Table of Contents
246351Futuresupport embedded objects
192941FutureHyphenation is missing in Abiword
114437FutureImprove KWord import/export filters
51535Futurecolumns change should only affect selected text
256531FutureAdd true MS Word .doc export capability
218630FutureThe insert page break setting is lost for custom styles
365730FutureRapid Document Production, Insert File
221927FutureAUTONUM wanted in [ Insert/Field/Number ] menu
1762251.2.0import html
229625Futuredoc import: footnotes
216924FutureLine numbering
236023FutureResizing bitmap images

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 Verified This Week
Bug IDDescription
2985Sometimes vanishes from Task list
3287When inserting an image the dialog says "save"
3341automatically save this scheme overwrites modified AbiWor...
3674Abi stomps on environmental C(XX)FLAGS
This Week's 5 Most Active QA Helpers
2Alan Horkan
1Mark Gilbert
1Daniel Jensen

To get your name in neon, help QA the Bugs. If you want your name rather than your email address to appear, drop me a line.

Latest Releases

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

AbiWord 1.0.2- Release Notes
HPUX 10.20pa-riscabiword-1.0.2-sa-10.20.depot.gz
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.
Linux (GTK)i386http:// Gilbert's GCC3 tinderbox builds. Do not require libstdc++-libc6.2
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. [POW] fix windows printing bugs: Hub posted a new Project Of the Week: we're looking for people who can help figure out what is causing all the grief when printing on Windows. Somewhat related, Hub also posted a POW requesting a developer to step forward and act as AbiWord's Win32 maintainer.

  2. Commit (HEAD): Insert Table Dialog, Whooho!: Marc committed support for table insertion on GTK. Later followed a dialog for GNOME and Jordi Mas added one for Win32.

  3. OLE Drag and Drop support for Windows, well just drop for now: Jordi also redid the Win32 (drag and) drop support in a way that should work better (i.e., allow dropping text from more applications into AbiWord).

  4. commit: abi & abiword-plugins: simple plugin interface: Frank added a new plugin interface for modules. Jeremy posted a followup saying he had been working on something similar: exporting the AbiWord internal API to plugins. It seems the two schemes will be used in a combination, using SPI to load/registration/unload of modules and Jeremy's scheme for the actual API exposure. I'm sure it'll be lovely.

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