Subject: Re: [Patch] Psiconv TextEd and Word importer
From: David Nay (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Dec 20 2000 - 08:03:14 CST
--- Martin Sevior <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> On Tue, 19 Dec 2000, Frodo Looijaard wrote:
> > Martin Sevior wrote:
> > >
> > > The code looks really nice and I'm sure will
> be useful to people
> > > with Psions. I've applied your patch and built
> your library. Abi builds
> > > fine.
> > That's good to hear! On what platform?
> Redhat 6.2, which is not a particularly hard test I
> > > Where can I find some Psion word files to test
> the importer with?
> > I'll upload some tonight and give you an URL.
> > > Also, if you want this to be part of the
> official Abi build we will have
> > > to fork your Psion libaray and put it in the abi
> tree. Do you want to do
> > > this?
> > I have been thinking about this, as Dom said the
> same. License-wise there
> > is no problem - libpsiconv is GPL'ed. So the only
> thing to do would be
> > to synchronise both CVS archives (is there a way
> to do this automatically?)
> There apperently is a way but we haven't discovered
> it yet.
> > and to change the built system slightly (though wv
> also uses autoconf
> > and friends, so I guess you are not opposed to
> using this outside the
> > abi tree). So I think it might be a good idea,
> provided you think it
> > is worth the trouble - and it would make AbiWord
> the first Word Processor
> > ever (that I know of) with native Psion import
> I think the whole synchronize with PDA thing is a
> very useful part of the
> desktop experience. I've heard that Psions are more
> popular than Palms in
> Europe so there must be a large number of users who
> can use it. Being able
> to easily exchange documents with one's PDA has got
> be a useful use of a
> word processor. For various Marketing reasons MS
> does not want to do this
> so it's a great niche for Abi to fill on all
> Ordinary Windows and Mac users might use Abi for
> just this alone.
> Plus I haven't given up hope that Abi will adopted
> by a PDA manufacturer,
> in which case being able to read and write numerous
> PDA formats would be a
> huge plus.
> So yes I think we should have native Psion import
> (and export). I'd love
> to have native Palmdoc import to go with our Palmdoc
> export capabilities.
I can get this working in the next week or so. It is
actually only a few hours of coding. It's just a
matter of finding the time 8-)
> > Another option would be to make the AbiWord CVS
> archive the primary
> > psiconv CVS archive - but I do not want to split
> the psiconv tool and
> > the Psion documentation from the primary archive,
> so there would be
> > some things in the tree that would not be used by
> It's probabally better to have a well maintained
> library in Abi that you
> periodically update from your "bleeding edge"
> library elsewhere. This
> seems to work for wv.
> > > By the way we have support for header/footers
> and styles in abi. We just
> > > haven't finished implementing the GUI dialogs to
> drive them.
> > I could not find the import mechanisms for it; if
> somebody can point
> > me in the right direction, I will be very happy
> (same for importing
> > bulleted paragraphs).
> We haven't implemented these on any other than our
> native import/export
> file formats yet. I think your best bet is to look
> at ie_imp_AbiWord_1 and
> some *.abw files with header/footer/lists/styles in
> Looking forward to those Psion files :-)
Since I gave up hope, I feel much better.
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