xmlroff 0.5.4 is at http://xmlroff.org/download/xmlroff-0.5.4.tar.gz.
This release fixes some table bugs and adds linefeed-treatment and white-space-collapse properties (actually added in 0.5.3, but that release was only announced on the xmlroff-list).
Building xmlroff on Ubuntu 7.10 is straightforward once you install some build tools and the required ‘-dev’ packages.
Starting with a clean installed system, install the following packages (and their dependencies):
- libcairo2-dev and/or libgnomeprint2.2-dev
- libgtk2.0-dev (not libgdk-pixbuf-dev)
A good bug reporting system, by being good, can make a project look bad.
In five-or-so years on SourceForge, xmlroff garnered 24 bug reports. In the couple of months since moving everything to xmlroff.org, xmlroff has already amassed over 60 Trac tickets.
It may look as if xmlroff is suddenly much buggier, but it’s due to finally having a bug reporting system that’s easy to use.
Because it’s easier to use, we use it more. There’s been tickets for moving to xmlroff.org and for pie-in-the-sky ideas like a Texinfo-XML-to-FO stylesheet as well as for common or garden bugs. Since it’s also easy to link to bug reports, there’s now more ticket numbers in the notes on test results and in commit messages.
The proliferating tickets and ticket references point to quality improving, not worsening. After all, we’ve also closed more tickets than xmlroff had bug reports while on SourceForge.
xmlroff 0.5.1 is now available from http://xmlroff.org/download/xmlroff-0.5.1.tar.gz.
The changes are mainly to the structure of the source code, but I also fixed an error that was causing several segfaults when running the xmlroff testsuite.
One of the longstanding problems for xmlroff has been that Pango didnâ€™t do justified text. Not anymore. The blog entry by Behdad Esfahbod at http://mces.blogspot.com/2007/05/justified-text-with-pango.html shows that it has been implemented, and once itâ€™s in a Pango release, xmlroff will be able to use it.
I found that blog entry by looking for mentions of kashida support in Pango, and it looks like that could be in the works too.
xmlroff development has moved to a Trac and Subversion at http://xmlroff.org/. The xmlroff-list mailing list has also moved. Hosting for xmlroff.org is kindly provided by Patric Stout of the ISeeR web hosting and IT service company in the Netherlands.
The new arrangement makes it easier for everybody (not just me) to update the xmlroff website, and it makes it extremely easy to link between the website, the tickets (i.e., bug reports and feature requests, etc.), and both the source code and the change logs in the Subversion repository. I am already using the Trac tickets more than I ever used SourceForge tracker items.
xmlroff 0.4.0 is now available from http://sourceforge.net/projects/xmlroff. It contains a couple of build improvements compared to 0.3.99.
Links about C unit testing frameworks that I have found:
What others exist?
I have successfully compiled xmlroff using Cygwin on Windows 2000. xmlroff runs blazingly fast; the only problems are that it completely ignores its input and it doesnâ€™t produce any output.
I got xmlroff to compile and run on Xubuntu today using only the packages available from the package manager.
I need to do more to make â€˜configureâ€™ fail when popt is not installed, but otherwise is was mostly straightforward.