JAN
12
2007

Programmers should do PR top

The dot story about KWord/KOffice was received pretty well. We hit 100 comments just now :)
One thing that people noted was that the screenshots we posted were not the best quality they could be. There are various font rendering issues that show up in them. We basically got lots of people shout at us for promissing better font technology while the same basic problems we had in the 1.x series showed up!

JAN
10
2007

Lists, counters and coffee

This morning I woke up from the loud sounds of people drilling and otherwise renovating the house. Ahh, the empty apartment upstairs has gotten new occupants!
It didn't take long before I decided to leave the house for today, the continues sounds of building are horrible for my concentration.

DEC
21
2006

Stay out of my way!

In KWord1 we had the concept of text-runaround. This is basically the ability of KWord to detect there are other objects on the page and to make sure the text is not printed on top of other content.
In KWord 1 we just allowed runaround of square objects. Which is rather simple. I've been postponing to solve the issue in KWord2 for a couple of months now; being able to rotate text and to have circles, or worse, as objects I have to run text around made me wonder how to even start attacking this problem.

DEC
17
2006

KWord state of affairs.

For KOffice2 we had a huge todo list. Where various core technologies are in need of basically a rewrite. For KWord the most interresting one is the text-engine. The old one had serious problems and using Qt4 would allow me to write a better one in not too much time.
The progress on the new text engine is proceeding nicely, with just some advanced features missing like variables and inline images.
The text engine will now support styles much better then the previous one did; with character styles being available as the biggest change.

DEC
8
2006

office document formats

Since the OpenDocumentFormat (ODF) became a real ISO spec back in May, a lot of things have happened and continue to happen. The industry is really recognizing this open standard and many are already supporting it, where a large section even make ODF mandatory.
I expected pick up to be slower, given how Office has such a huge majority of the market. If I look at how slow pick up of Linux on the desktop is (slowly but steady growth over quite some years) its very refreshing to see people recognize ODF as the better format so massively.

NOV
17
2006

All the FUD...

Since the Novell / Microsoft deal a lot of people have told stories on how Novell should not have assumed there are patents, and how the deal is written to sidestep the GPL with regards to patents.
And all this time Novell was putting out FAQs, press releases trying to state that its not about patents at all, and how Novell is sure that there are no patents on the GPLed software Novell ships.

NOV
6
2006

Value as a choice

Reading this funny transcript of bloggers philosophy (aaron, ade, telex). It reminded me of a blog that looks at the same problem from a different perspective, and only published days before this thread started.

Rob Weir wrote: when-language-goes-on-holiday

NOV
4
2006

GPLv3

Some months back I read about the GPLv3 for the first time. Just like many I was compelled by the arguments of Linus against it more then by the arguments from the FSF for this new license.
Reasons for that were that the EU doesn't allow software patents as well as the silly example of Tivo which is pretty far fetched.

The other day I talked to some KOffice developers and we discussed the software patents issue and how that would actually work in real life;

OCT
31
2006

Digital communication

The best description I ever had about technical people was this sentence: Technical people find it completely satisfactory to reply to any statement a single sentence: "That's false!".
But this yes/no type of communication was not what I was aiming at with the subject. Its about being able to discuss subjects in the digital realms. Typically email and IRC.

OCT
30
2006

Open Document Format

The Open document format is meant as a specification that is open for everyone to see, use and expand upon for now and for a hundred years in the future. That is its main goal and its succeeding in that goal admirably. Especially governments love that principle which breaks the chains of vendor dependency.

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