Pango-1.16.1 released
Posted on: 03/13/2007 10:41 AM

Pango-1.16.1 is now available for download at:

4aa720633e53701a652f27700a7946dd pango-1.16.1.tar.bz2
8002b54b956e1194a6145a765a267638 pango-1.16.1.tar.gz

This is a stable release and is source and binary compatible with 1.16.0.

About Pango

Pango is a library for layout and rendering of text, with an emphasis on internationalization. Pango can be used anywhere that text layout is needed, though most of the work on Pango so far has been done in the context of the GTK+ widget toolkit. Pango forms the core of text and font handling for GTK+-2.x.

Pango is designed to be modular; the core Pango layout engine can be used with different font backends. There are three basic backends, with multiple options for rendering with each.

- Client side fonts using the FreeType and fontconfig libraries. Rendering can be with with Cairo or Xft libraries, or directly to an in-memory buffer with no additional libraries.

- Native fonts on Microsoft Windows using Uniscribe for complex-text handling. Rendering can be done via Cairo or directly using the native Win32 API.

- Native fonts on MacOS X, rendering via Cairo.

The integration of Pango with Cairo ( provides a complete solution with high quality text handling and graphics rendering.

Dynamically loaded modules then handle text layout for particular combinations of script and font backend. Pango ships with a wide selection of modules, including modules for Hebrew, Arabic, Hangul, Thai, and a number of Indic scripts. Virtually all of the world's major scripts are supported.

As well as the low level layout rendering routines, Pango includes PangoLayout, a high level driver for laying out entire blocks of text, and routines to assist in editing internationalized text.

More information about Pango is available from
Bugs should be reported to

Pango 1.16 depends on version 2.12.0 or newer of the GLib library and version 1.2.6 or newer of the cairo library (if the cairo backend is desired); more information about GLib and cairo can be found at and respectively.

Overview of changes between 1.16.0 and 1.16.1
- Improved Win32 backend: The Win32 backend has been updated to always require Uniscribe at compile-time (it still is optional at run-time), and to use the wide-character variants of Windows APIs which improves the backend in many ways. The 1.16.0 release is obsolete as far as the Win32 backend is
concerned, and official DLLs were not built for it.
- Misc build system fixes
- Bugs fixed in this release:
Bug 110521 can't find bold and/or italic fonts on win32
Bug 120195 there are some functions in pangowin32-fontmap.c that might maybe should be static
Bug 407315 Use wide character Win32 API in the pangowin32 code
Bug 412654 SED variable undefined in the `libtool --config' output used by configure
Bug 414297 Fails to build with --enable-static --with-included-modules in thai lang module Patch from Minier

12 March 2007
Behdad Esfahbod

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