Pango-1.2.0 released

Pango-1.2.0 is now available for download at:

This is a stable release providing new functionality as compared
to Pango-1.0, while maintaining source and binary compatibility.
Notable improvements in Pango since version 1.0:

 * Pango now uses the fontconfig and Xft2 libraries 
   ( as the preferred method of locating 
   and rendering fonts on Linux and Unix. 

 * Support for OpenType Indic fonts has been added based on the code
   from the ICU library (

 * New shapers for Hangul and Thai using Xft have been added.

 * The Win32 backend now uses Uniscribe for layout when available.

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 usage so far as been in the context of the
GTK+ widget toolkit. Pango forms the core of text and font handling 
for GTK+ 2.

Pango is designed to be modular; the core Pango layout can be used
with four different font backends:

 - Core X windowing system fonts
 - Client-side fonts on X using the Xft2 library
 - Direct rendering of scalable fonts using the FreeType library
 - Native fonts on Microsoft platforms

Dynamically loaded modules then handle text layout for particular
combinations of script and font backend. Pango-1.2.0 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 2.0.0 or better of the GLib library; more 
information about GLib can be found at

Special thanks to:

 Theppitak Karoonboonyanan [Thai Xft]
 Eric Mader [Indic OpenType]
 Keith Packard [Xft2 and fontconfig]
 Changwoo Ryu and Jungshik Shin [Hangul shapers]
 Qingjiang (Brian) Yuan [X11 font code]

Thanks to all Pango-1.2 contributors, including:

 Jacob Berkman, Arnaud Charlet, Erwann Chenede, Xavier Cho, Choe Hwangjin,
 Matthias Clasen, David L. Cooper II, Joaquin Cuenca Abela, Florent Duguet,
 Tony Graham, Andreas J. Guelzow, Mikael Hallendal, J. Ali Harlow,
 He Qiangqiang, Stefan Israelsson, Alex Larsson, Tor Lillqvist, 
 Dagfinn I. Mannsåker, Kjartan Maraas, Dan Mills, Sven Neumann, 
 Roozbeh Pournader, Masahiro Sakai, Soeren Sandmann, Manish Singh,
 James Su, HideToshi Tajima, Michael R. Walton, Matthias Warkus,
 Morten Welinder, Sebastian Wilhelmi, Dan Winship, Federic Zhang, Yao Zhang

Owen Taylor
22 December 2002

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