Pango-1.10.0 released
Posted on: 08/15/2005 07:00 PM

Pango-1.10.0 is now available for download at:

pango-1.10.0.tar.bz2 md5sum: c75489ec7f5fe77e31e4cbde71ad0c16
pango-1.10.0.tar.gz md5sum: a44ab8dd4edc7346ac9433ee8599cc54

This is a stable release providing new functionality as compared to Pango-1.8, while maintaining source and binary compatibility. Notable improvements in Pango since version 1.8 include:

* Integration with the cairo vector graphics library
* Addition of a Khmer shaper (this also appeared in 1.8.2)
* Update of data tables to Unicode 4.1

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 two 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. (Optionally using Uniscribe for complex-text handling). Rendering can be done via Cairo or directly using the native Win32 API.

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-1.10 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

Pango depends on version 2.6.0 or newer of the GLib library; more

information about GLib can be found at

Special thanks to:

Amit Aronovitch [PangoLayoutIter fixes]
Behdad Esfahbod [General assistance]
Jens Herden, Javier Sola [Khmer]
Harshula Jayasuriya [Sinhala]
Tor Lillqvist [Win32 backend]
Sukhjinder Sidhu [Gurumukhi]
Manish Singh [Keeping stuff building]
David Turner [FreeType compatibility]

Thanks to all Pango-1.10 contributors, including:

Sebastien Bacher, Brandon Bergren, Billy Biggs, Chris Blizzard,
Paolo Borelli, Hans Breuer, Ross Burton, Damien Carbery,
Gustavo J. A. M. Carneiro, Damon Chaplin, Matthias Clasen, Kees Cook,
Behnam Esfahbod, Thomas Fitzsimmons, Kazuki IWAMOTO, Tim Janik,
Alex Jones, Aivars Kalvans, Theppitak Karoonboonyanan, Stepan Kasal,
Tommi Komulainen, Karel Kulhavy, Tor Lillqvist, Mikael Magnusson,
Ben Maurer, Gora Mohanty, Vincent Noel, Keith Packard, Vittorio Palmisano,
Roozbeh Pournader, William N. Ray, Changwoo Ryu, Adam Sampson,
Gautam Sengupta, Manish Singh, Emil Soleyman-Zomalan, Morten Welinder

Owen Taylor
15 August 2005

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