Pango-1.14.9 released
Posted on: 12/08/2006 12:08 AM

Pango-1.14.9 is now available for download at:

58766a41693b917fda854b9a41d40834 pango-1.14.9.tar.bz2
5103484685f280e95af2c030864ff722 pango-1.14.9.tar.gz

This is a follow-up stable release to fix various Indic shaper bugs and to add a new Thai language engine using libthai, and is source and binary compatible with 1.14.x.

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 1.14 depends on version 2.10.0 or newer of the GLib library and version 1.2.2 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 1.14.8 and 1.14.9
* Add Thai langauage engine.
* Improved Indic module.
* Output correct path for hexboxes in pango_cairo_layout_path().
* Misc small fixes.
* Bugs fixed in this release:
Red Hat Bug 216424: [te_IN] pango - consonant + dependent vowel (ai)
Composed char is not rendering properly
Patch from LingNing Zhang
Red Hat Bug 216850: Issue in combination with vowels (ml_IN)
Patch from LingNing Zhang
Red Hat Bug 211964: [ta] Rendering issue with Tamil
Patch from LingNing Zhang
Red Hat Bug 213632: ZWJ (200d) and ZWNJ (200c) showing same output
Patch from LingNing Zhang
Bug 382437 =E2=80" tests/testboundaries fails
Bug 371388 =E2=80" Add Thai langauage engine
Patch from Theppitak Karoonboonyanan
Bug 377975 =E2=80" bug in _pango_glyph_item_iter_next_cluster

07 December 2006
Behdad Esfahbod

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