This is a working document showing specific near-term tasks needed for achieving the numbered milestones. It is not a wishlist of features to be included in future releases. Because people often work on whatever they feel like, only the current and current+1 releases should be taken seriously. Beyond that is mainly conjectural.
See OldRoadmap for milestones that have already been achieved.
0.91 will be a longer cycle focused on refactoring and new features.
Merge GSoC 2010 work
Evaluate changing the numbering scheme to a date-based one, or setting more realistic goals for major (1.0, 2.0) releases
Port renderer to Cairo (Krzysztof - GSoC 2010)
Completely remove libnr
Random Ideas / Requests / Needs
Note this list is unordered, unapproved, and unofficial. Feel free to add new ideas worth considering for the roadmap.
- Replace VCS.
- Replace Automake Build System.
- Decide which Unit testing framework to use (Discussion july 2013 didn't get much traction)
- Greatly expand Unit test framework.
- Set up workflow (passing tests, test coverage, code review) for getting code into trunk.
- C++11. Initially focus on widely supported C++11 features, then later adopt remaining features as they become widespread.
- Multi-page documents and parent/child document references
- Better modularization
- Switch to using libcroco as a regular dependency (not embedded in our codebase)
- Switch to using libgdl as a regular dependency
- Break libavoid out to its own library
- Break libcola out to its own library
- Break libdepixelize out to its own library
- Break libnrtype out to its own library
- Break libuemf out to its own library
- Break libvpsc out to its own library
- SVG2 support (with proper SVG 1.1 fallbacks)
- Improve support for SVG switches: the first recognized element in a switch should appear directly in the SP tree, not as a child of the switch element.
Using the above mechanism, make flowed text SVG-compliant.
- Implement SVG 2 flowed text which has a natural SVG 1.1 fallback.
- Improve support for changing the name of the XML element node in response to SP tree changes.
- Introduce a backwards compatibility mechanism that will allow us to modify the XML representation of editing info. This is needed to bring the desktop coordinate system in line with SVG due to guideline and 3D box problems (they save desktop coordinates in the XML). This can be done either at the SP tree level or by moving to a SAX-based parser which updates the editing information as the document is parsed.
- Flip y-coordinate to match SVG.
- Make the Windows uninstaller work (reevaluate this, we now have msi installer for win32 and Win64)
- make msi Windows install multilingual
- Evaluate pdf exporter to join features from scribus Export
- XML refactoring: Remove direct manipulation of XML from as many places as possible and replace it with SP tree methods.
- Hardware acceleration: make use of modern GPUs to speed up rendering.
- Live path effects: investigate extending to cover generic vector transformations (vector effects). Provide live versions of several destructive operations: boolean ops, stroke to path, text to path, etc.
- CSS support?
- Animation support.
- D-Bus scripting API. (Merge GSoC work from 0.48 timeframe?)