AbiWord Weekly News #101, (2002, week 29, released 2002.07.22)
Welcome to issue 101 of the AbiWord Weekly News.
AbiWord development is ramping up. This week there has been a massive amount of development happening, on many different fronts: tables are gaining features that make them look really pwetty, font support improvements on Unix (also looks really pwetty), we now have automatic download of spell checker dictionaries, and there's been many many bugs fixes.
There's also been some mumbling from E. A. Zen and Mark Gilbert taking over the editing of AbiWord Weekly News, so there's a good chance you may still be able to get your weekly fix when I stop AWN work in a week or two.
In this issue:
Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov
|CVS checkins 2002.07.15 - 2002.07.21|
|fjfranklin||114||Finished SPI implementation, fixed a hack, new wv XML config (from Martin Junius), autoconf support for hash downloader, diving make fixes, nautilus autoconf tweak, xft support (from Joaquin), build tweaks to xft support, fixed wv compiler warnings, and use SPI in module manager.|
|gg||58||Download file work (including dialog) and build doc update.|
|jskov||52||Work to make colors configurable, cleaned up header dependency, fixed geometry argument parsing and preferences, fixed many warnings, makefile fixes, and added some comments.|
|tomas_f||42||Added support and checkbox for hidden text, added selectControlText to win32 dialog helper, removed verbose assertion, fixed win32 hyperlink dialog focus, hyperlink selection fix, added problemfonts comments, ttf utils issue messages about CJK fonts, language handling fixes, fixed document level attr/props handling, revision fixes, and win32 revision dialog focus. Fixed Bugs 2698, (2715), 3089, 3109, 3122, 3582, 3590, 3722|
|plam||30||Less table background color bleeding (from Martin), xft speed improvement (from abela), backend cleanup and ground work for footnote support, table code tweaks and fixed Bug 1928 with Martin.|
|uwog||28||Moved static arrays from header to source file, print fixes, table code tweaks and cleanups, line styles for table cells, background color and style for table cells, line color support for cell lines, win32 build tweak, and a ruler fix.|
|msevior||24||Insert table column support, fix gnome menus, and delete table row and columns support.|
|jeremyd||18||Win32 download cancel dialog, OLE drag&drop tweaks (from Jordi Mas), and win32 build corrections.|
|hub||17||Added Cocoa option dialog, added a couple of empty Cocoa rendering functions, and Cocoa app no longer calls loadBundle.|
|phearbear||12||Insert table and download dialogs for QNX, and added QNX drawGlyph and thread implementation.|
|dom||10||Table related tweaks, build fix, fixed Bug 3109, grey out some menus when appropriate, and removed Web menu.|
|phma||2||Bulgarian update (from Iassen Pramaratov).|
|rms||2||RPM spec update due to plugins and nautilus-config build tweak.|
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.
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|
|1030||370||Future||Installing AbiWord messes up fonts in other applications ......|
|3269||120||---||Crashing on printing|
|1402||95||Future||Can not use other than original type1 fonts|
|376||79||1.2||File assosciate problems for all file types with Win32Slu......|
|1406||61||1.0.x||xhtml documents fail to open: "Bogus html document" msg|
|3525||60||---||font incorrectly printed and spaced|
|3171||55||1.0.x||rtf sets top and bottom margins to 0|
|1747||42||1.2||background colour of text selection is always grey|
|1194||38||1.2||alt+xxxx does not insert special symbols|
|2598||36||1.2||Abiword installs bogus fonts of dubious heritage|
|2362||30||---||AbiWord only prints across half of page|
|3778||29||---||Hanging indent setting ignores units|
|1818||25||---||Font reverts to Times New Roman when it shouldn't|
|2868||25||1.2||character widths are not calculated correctly for some fonts...|
|2421||20||1.2||TM, Bullet, Euro, Smart Quotes and other symbols originat......|
|1394||17||1.2||on-screen landscape actually prints portrait in Win95|
|3216||16||1.0.x||tabstops can't be set in second (or third) column|
|2299||15||1.0.x||Prints incorrect margins with split page.|
|2924||15||---||printing abw documents defaults to black pages|
|Top 20 Requests For Enhancement|
|1261||488||1.2||Need to support footnotes and endnotes|
|2321||245||Future||[RFE] Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?|
|2183||178||Future||Fully Support OpenOffice's XML file format|
|2365||90||Future||AbiWord needs 'view codes'|
|1374||67||Future||[RFE] print odd and/or even pages only (for front & back ...|
|1950||52||Future||Wish for automatic Table of Contents|
|2463||51||Future||support embedded objects|
|1929||41||Future||Hyphenation is missing in Abiword|
|1144||37||Future||Improve KWord import/export filters|
|515||35||Future||columns change should only affect selected text|
|2565||31||Future||Add true MS Word .doc export capability|
|2186||30||Future||The insert page break setting is lost for custom styles|
|3657||30||Future||Rapid Document Production, Insert File|
|2219||27||Future||AUTONUM wanted in [ Insert/Field/Number ] menu|
|2296||25||Future||doc import: footnotes|
|2360||23||Future||Resizing bitmap images|
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|
|This Week's 5 Most Active QA Helpers|
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.
Here are links to the latest official releases of AbiWord for various architectures and operating systems.
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.
|Linux (GNOME+GTK)||i386||http://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)||i386||http://18.104.22.168:3000/abiword-current.tar.gz||Mark Gilbert's GCC3 tinderbox builds. Do not require libstdc++-libc6.2|
|Win32||i386||http://abiword.pchasm.org/||Provided by Jeremy Davis. These are updated twice a day. Plugins are available too.|
|Win32||i386||http://www.niksbiks.dk/Software/Abi/||Provided by Nikolaj Brandt Jensen. These are updated about once a week. BiDi builds are available too.|
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: abi: cuenca's Xft mega-patch: Frank committed Joaquín's xft work. Although there are still some issues (mainly performance) to sort out, this is very promising: the font rendering in AbiWord looks much better than it ever did before (on Unix) and avoids the font registration problems of the past too.
[ANN] New Win32 maintainer: Hubert announced that Jordi Mas is now the new Win32 maintainer of AbiWord. Go Jordi!
Commit: New Dialog_Download_File: Gabriel Gerhardsson added a new functionality to AbiWord; the first time you load a file that uses a language for which you do not have a dictionary, it will be automatically downloaded and installed. This fixes a long-standing usability problem; users now do not have to know how to install extra dictionaries to get proper spell checking.
Commit (HEAD): Cell border color support: Marc added support for changing the color of cell borders in tables. Apparently not content with this, Marc has also added support for changing the background color and style of cells. Here's a snapshot. Looks very nice!
Fwd: libole2 -> libgsf: Jody Goldberg would like the AbiWord developers to look at libgsf and start using it. This library will allow code sharing with Gnumeric (and probably other GNOME apps). It's a good idea, no question about it. But there's very limited development resources in AbiWord at the momement, and nobody appears willing to jump at libgsf integration; other AbiWord features are prioritized higher. Hopefully someone will look at it before Jody gives up trying to share code... Here is a later followup from Jody.
commit: Delete rows and columns.: Even though Martin has been attending the Boston summit, he managed to check in some more table work. He also later admitted to having added support for inserting columns.
commit: abi: activate the Spider: Frank activated his "spider" (SPI) which I mentioned briefly in last week's issue. Having read a bit more about it, I think the previous description I made was wrong. The SPI should allow loading/registration/unloading of modules, and dependency tracking between them. The other API mentioned (by Jeremy) is exporting the AbiWord API as C functions, rather than the natural C++ functions. The point of this is to reduce the linker problems caused by the way C++ function names are mangled.
commit: start of footnote backend: Patrick has started working on footnotes. It seems that the next AbiWord release is going to make a lot of people happy.
commit - color preferences preparation: I have started working on making the colors used by AbiWord for rendering squiggles, hyperlinks, paragraph information and other stuff configurable.
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