AbiWord Weekly News #96, (2002, week 24, released 2002.06.17)

Welcome to issue 96 of the AbiWord Weekly News.

BugZilla upgraded, table and GTK2 work continues. There's also been lots of work done on other fronts: win32 installer update, bug fixes, and msxml support to name a few.

I haven't had time to write a Special Interest section about the new AbiWord Wiki on www.abisource.com, but I did add something about it on the Wiki web which is probably a smarter approach anyway. Please go see http://www.abisource.com/twiki/bin/view/Abiword/AbiWordTwiki.

In this issue:

Editor(s) of this issue: Jesper Skov

CVS Stats

CVS checkins 2002.06.09 - 2002.06.16
WhoCommitsIn summary
jeremyd 221 Win32 build instruction update (from Nikolaj Brandt Jensen), NSIS plugin installer support, libpng update, VC5 update, Bug 3532 fix (from Alan Horkan), NSIS update, win32 UT_mTime implementation, and a win32 build fix.
fjfranklin 50 Autoconf/make changes, ut path swap function (Gabriel Gerhardsson), wv makefile work, max+win ut_path tweaks, curlhash updates (from Gabriel Gerhardsson), wv reorg, GNOME2 build support, unix diving make tweak, and *BSD build tweaks.
mgilbert 28 GCC3.1 problem workaround, diving makefile fixes, *BSD build fixes, and GNOME build fixes.
dom 22 Wv xst fix, osf fixes, UT_XML_Decode function, and fixed template save-as bug. Fixed Bugs 3565, 3567, 3592, and 3604.
uwog 14 Removed oaf from GTK build, WordPerfect plugin work: importing of superscript, subscript, strike-out and italic text attributes, code reorg, exporter work, and list import support (from William Lachance).
msevior 12 Table fixes.
phearbear 12 QNX work: occasional segf fixed, insert symbol dialog, curlhash support, fix endian problem, event tweaks, rendering improvements, and encoding manager.
phma 7 Ukrainian update (from Olexij Tkatchenko).
dchart 7 ChangeLog update, save template docs added, and added an .info file for the Properties dialog.
mpritchett 5 Added preliminary support for msxml for win32 and some fixes from dom.
hub 5 Moving msxml to win subtree, make-html.sh fixes.
rms 4 RPM spec tweaks.
biesi 1 Comment style change in a wv file.
row 1 wv fix.

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 ......
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
326960---Crashing on printing
1406591.0.xxhtml documents fail to open: "Bogus html document" msg
3171551.0.xrtf sets top and bottom margins to 0
181850---Font reverts to Times New Roman when it shouldn't
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
352530---font incorrectly printed and spaced
46528FutureHaettenschweiler font doesn't draw with correct spacing w......
2868251.2character widths are not calculated correctly for some fonts...
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
37215Futureconsolidate identical platform code
Top 20 Requests For Enhancement
12768231.2Table support
12614531.2Need to support footnotes and endnotes
2321249Future[RFE] Maths/Equation Editing, as a plugin maybe?
2183150FutureFully Support OpenOffice's XML file format
236587FutureAbiWord needs 'view codes'
137471Future[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
123738Future[RFE] Not possible to insert all characters using 'Insert......
221937FutureAUTONUM wanted in [ Insert/Field/Number ] menu
114432FutureImprove KWord import/export filters
51530Futurecolumns change should only affect selected text
218630FutureThe insert page break setting is lost for custom styles
256529FutureAdd true MS Word .doc export capability
236023FutureResizing bitmap images
2083221.2[RFE] Export WordPerfect format files
229622Futuredoc import: footnotes
216921FutureLine numbering

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
1698Tracking bug for Windows Installer issues
1993Add File to MRU when saved
2637Initial error when inserting graphic with ImageMagick plugin
3107spell check / right-click error
3245entry point not found
3258Wrong file association
3321RPM fonts.scale file contains two extraneous blank lines
3331wv's Makefile.in forces gcc-isms into CFLAGS
3354Windows installer doesn't install *.hash-encoding
This Week's 5 Most Active QA Helpers
6Daniel 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
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.
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. Bugzilla upgrade in progress: Hub upgraded BugZilla to version 2.16rc2. Very nice!

  2. commit: Lots and lots of table fixes: Martin hacked some more on the tables. This mail includes news of the ability to save/load tables to .abw plus support for moving about in tables and editing stuff. Very cool!

  3. Commit: gtk2 dialog, toolbar work: Dom is also making progress on the GTK2 front. He's looking for people to help him complete the work.

Special Interest --

From time to time, this section will contain essay-style text about various special interests of the AbiWord development.

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