Re: Non-BDF Devanagari Support in Pango
- From: Owen Taylor <otaylor redhat com>
- To: gtk-i18n-list gnome org
- Cc: Chookij Vanatham <chookij vanatham eng sun com>
- Subject: Re: Non-BDF Devanagari Support in Pango
- Date: 29 Nov 2000 15:22:49 -0500
Chookij Vanatham <chookij vanatham eng sun com> writes:
> Hi Robert, Owen,
> Should Pango be able to support all necessary various kinds of fonts
> even the ultimate goal font is OpenType ?
Well, the ultimate goal is to support whatever fonts people have.
> ] This is something that needs discussion. In an ideal world we'd just
> ] use OpenType's Indic support. Short of that we could
> ] * add support for arbritrary X properties to TTFs, make the X TTF
> ] backend understand this.
> Can we have this done before Pango 1.0 out (by when ?) ?
I don't even know how we would go about doing this one, and it doesn't
correspond to the future direction for TTF and X, which seems to be
> ] * recognise the font automatically (based on encoding?) and then pass a
> ] hardcoded PANGO_LIGATURE_HACK in...
> This approach will require "Pango devanagari engine" to keep all those
> various hardcoded PANGO_LIGATURE_HACK, right ?
> Will this approach require any change in TTFs ?
> Will this approach be taking less time than the above one ?
I think the best approach for this is to have a configuration file
that has something like:
And have Pango read that in and use it in addition to the ligature
data found with the font.
> May be, it will be done before Pango 1.0 out. Right ?
I think that the above approach is simple enough to get done in
the next few weeks, which is the basic timescale for what will
be going into Pango 1.0.
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