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Pango-1.16.4 is now available for download at:

025e2ac5e40cac163aae4653aeef559c pango-1.16.4.tar.bz2
1d9e2081774f3e39c926175de96bdd50 pango-1.16.4.tar.gz

This is a stable release and is source and binary compatible with previous 1.16.x releases.

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 1.16.3 and 1.16.4
- Add new configure option --disable-doc-cross-references and make
sure releases are made using it. Distributions are encouraged to
build with --enable-gtk-doc such that their Pango docs correctly
cross reference glib and cairo docs.
- Bugs fixed in this release:
Bug 432991 =E2=80" developer docs for libpango are broken

Overview of changes between 1.16.2 and 1.16.3
- Quantize kerning value if metrics hinting is on. This greatly improves
screen text rendering with certain fonts like DejaVu Sans.
- Improved hex-box positioning in the cairo backend

Behdad Esfahbod
27 April 2007