Pango-1.9.0 released [unstable]

Pango-1.9.0 is now available for download at:

pango-1.9.0.tar.bz2   md5sum: d4948020be961217f2c3b0c0470762d1
pango-1.9.0.tar.gz    md5sum: acd786b4995ab233e3f4345db787e6f1

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

The major change in this release is support for Cairo.


 * 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-1.8.1

 * 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 1.8.x and 1.9.x
* Add Cairo support; PangoCairoFontmap is an interface with
  implementations for Fontconfig fonts and Win32 fonts
* Extend PangoFcFontmap to allow more customization by subclasses
* Handle NULL language better for pango_context_get_metrics()
* misc optimization [Paolo Borelli, Behdad Esfahbod]
* Misc bug and build fixes [Hans Breuer, Damien Carbery,
  Keith Packard, Manish Singh]
* Doc fixes [Tim Janik]

Overview of stable-branch changes since 1.8.1
* Increase sharing of data between different copies of Pango
  [Tommi Komulainen, Ross Burton]
* Cache metrics for the Win32 backend [Tor Lillqvist]
* Improve handling of RTL text when passing it to Uniscribe [Tor]
* Better handling of MacThai encoded fonts [Theppitak Karoonboonyanan]
* Support for TrueType fonts with characters outside the BMP [Tor]
* Handle zero width chars properly in Hangul backend
  [Young-Ho Cha, Changwoo Ryu]
* Misc bug and build fixes [Sebastien Bacher, Paolo Borelli,
  Aivars Kalvans, Stepan Kasal, Ben Maurer, Sukhjinder Sidhu, Manish Singh,
  Morten Welinder]

Owen Taylor
20 June 2005

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