Date: Sat Jun 21 2003 - 08:48:43 EDT
> Hello guys,
> I could not make it for the Dublin meeting. I was really looking forward
> to meet you guys, well next year.
> Can anybody post a short collection of things that have been decided /
OK here is a summary of my own discussions.
Firstly, a lot of beer was drunk :-)
Apart from a very vocal and small minority we received great support from
the Gnome community who hope we continue to develop AbiWord as much as
I had an interesting chat with a guy from the Open CMS consortium who is
interested in using AbiWord as a CMS client. Hence the recent emails.
I had long discussions with Jody about joint marketing AbiWord and
Gnumeric releases. Gnumeric is likely to be ready at about the same time
as we will designate AbiWord-2.0 sufficiently bug-free for a 2.0 release
(early August). So we thought it would be a good idea to do a joint
release. This is especially compelling since David Glassey is hopeful of
making a Win32 build of Gnumeric. (Which is looking looking simply
Given this we talked about certain minimum integratedness between AbiWord
and Gnumeric. The bottom line is that we should be able to cut and paste
while preserving formating. Gnumeric read/writes XHTML from the clipboard.
I think our XHTML export is in good shape (albeit needing minor tweaks)
but our import needs a fair bit of work. I don't think we import tables
XHTML yet. So that will have to be worked on. Volenteers?
So our 2.0 release will move us significantly closer to a cross platform
In addition I had long discussions with Sven Herzburg who is interested in
using the AbiWord codebase to build a presentation program. Sven has
worked with previous attempts to build presentation programs so he knows
the limitations of those previous attempts. I think the plan is to put
together quickly a package to simply display graphics one slide at a time.
Then move into more complex animations after that.
(I gave our presentation in AbiWord in full screen mode with pages in
landscape mode designed to completely fill the screen, then used
cntrl-page up/down to move between slides. It wroked very well.)
The Open Office guys have said that they plan to pull their filters into
libraries some time later this year. This could help us build a genuine MS
Jody also talked about his goffice library which will contain various
useful things for us. One of which would be Gunmeric's shading code, so we
won't have to re-implement all MS shading patterns when we do the Borders
and Shading feature.
Other people at Dublin plase speak up and correct me or enhance what I
have already said or tell us what news you have.
> Jordi Mas i Hernāndez - Abiword developer - http://www.abisource.com
> firstname.lastname@example.org - Softcatalā member - http://www.softcatala.org
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