[Libreoffice] libvisio: how can I help?

Fridrich Strba fridrich.strba at graduateinstitute.ch
Wed Jan 11 01:44:10 PST 2012

On 09/01/12 21:45, Bruno Girin wrote:
> Thanks for the explanations, that's really useful!

Happy to be useful :)

> Thanks. Minimal examples will be useful anyway so I'll try to produce some.

I also have a list of bugs that I wanted to fix, but did not have time. 
I debugged on Monday some quirks with stray closing lines that were due 
to our overkeen closed-path-detection algorithm. I fixed that one in 
libvisio 0.0.12 which is now part of LO 3.5.0beta3.

I also added with this version the ability to extract and push to LO 
embedded ole objects in visio files. If we understand them, they might 
even be clickable and editable, but they also exhibit some issues our 
ole embedding code has and I did not have a moment to dive inside there. 
Maybe a nice place to make a difference.

Now, I just pushed a fix for some diagrams not having borders in shapes 
where the borders should be. Like the sample Brainstm.vsd. When/if I 
have time, I will try to go through your bugs and try to fix what can be 

>> Any chance you can be on IRC during CET day?
> I wish but no. The job that pays the bills keeps me busy during the day,
> UK time, and doesn't let me use any software that's not part of the
> organisation's standard build.

There is always this possibility <http://webchat.freenode.net/> for 
people being behind firewalls and inflexible administrators :)

> I'll try to find my way and will drop you a note if I struggle. Worst
> case scenario, I hope I'll see you at FOSDEM in a few weeks so I may
> take the opportunity to ask a few questions then.

Wonderful! I look forward to meeting you. I am intending to make a small 
hands-on presentation/workshop about import filters. I would like to use 
the upcomming Corel Draw library (or if I have time to start the MS 
Publisher library) to show how easy it is to start working on filters 
using writerperfect framework.

In preparation, I plan to write a serie of blog entries about some 
basics about LO import/export filters. Let us see whether the Lord gives 
me enough time for that.

Please, keep testing, it is invaluable


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