Pango-1.11.4 released [unstable]

Pango-1.11.4 is now available for download at:

pango-1.11.4.tar.bz2    md5sum: eb605a207bcc44ad7554c56c073aa17b
pango-1.11.4.tar.gz     md5sum: 7b15474eb15e5f0839d1cd8dd29f23d3

This is a development release leading up to Pango-1.12.0, which
will be released just in time for GNOME-2.14.


 * 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-1.10. If you have problems, you'll need
   to reinstall Pango-1.10.3

 * 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.

 - 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

Pango 1.11.4 depends on version 2.9.1 or newer of the GLib
library; more information about GLib can be found at

Overview of changes between 1.11.3 and 1.11.4
* Major change in the low-level interface of Pango.  The special value
  PANGO_GLYPH_EMPTY is now defined to mean a "draw nothing" glyph.  This
  was what glyph 0 was used for previously.  As a result, bumped up the
  Pango module version, meaning that modules compiled against earlier
  versions are probably not compatible with this release. [#73147]
* New framework in examples for building a binary called pango-view,
  that can be used to render a text file using any of the available
  backends.  This is installed into bindir now.
* Enhancements to the FT2 backend, to draw boxes on missing glyphs.
* Better hexbox drawing for cairo backend:  Hinting hexbox, and
  drawing a single-row hexbox for very small font sizes.
* Improved documentation.

Behdad Esfahbod
06 February 2006

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