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Pango-1.9.1 is now available for download at:

pango-1.9.1.tar.bz2 md5sum: 91f386893ff483e14dc4571e352150e4
pango-1.9.1.tar.gz md5sum: f7750cb67b239ff6ef2144a94b4ea04e

This is a development release leading up to Pango-1.10.0, which will be released together with GTK+-2.8.

This release continues improving the support for cairo that was first introduced in 1.9.0; the Pango/cairo API is thought to be finalized at this point. Many bug fixes and improvements from the stable branch are also included.


* This is unstable development release. While it has had
fairly extensive testing, there are likely bugs
remaining to be found. This release should not be used
in production.

* Installing this version will overwrite your existing
copy of Pango-1.8. If you have problems, you'll need
to reinstall Pango-1.8.2

* Bugs should be reported to

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-1.9 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

Overview of changes between 1.9.1 and 1.9.2
* Support setting of font options and DPI on PangoContext for
the Cairo backend.
* Adapt to recent Cairo API changes
* Win32 build improvements [Tor Lillqvist]
* Misc bug fixes [Hans Breuer, Thomas Fitzsimmons, Kazuki IWAMOTO]

Overview of stable-branch changes since 1.9.1
* Add Khmer support [Jens Herden, Javier Sola]
* Fix bugs and crashes in the operation of PangoLayoutIter [Amit Aronovitch
* Remove dependence of opentype code on FreeType internals [David Turner,
Behdad Esfahbod]
* Support for TrueType fonts on Win32 with characters outside the BMP [Tor]
* Handle alpha in XftColors again. [Mikael Magnusson]
* Fix Oriya character classification [Gora Mohanty, Gautam Sengupta]
* PangoAttrIterator bug fixes [Morten Welinder]
* Clean up copyright/licensing information [William N. Ray]
* Misc bug and build fixes [Brandon Bergren, Chris Blizzard, Behdad, Harshu

Alex Jones, Karel Kulhavy, Ryan Lortie, Emil Soleyman-Zomalan, Morten]

Owen Taylor
26 July 2005