Pango-1.2.1 released

Pango-1.2.1 is now available for download at:

This release contains various minor fixes, the most interesting
probably being support for certain older Arabic TrueType fonts 
that used to crash Pango.

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 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

Changes in Pango 1.2.1
* Handle older TrueType Open Arabic fonts.
* Make Win32 backend handle a common TrueType font bug [Tor Lillqvist]
* Fix crash with some non-BMP characters [Morten Welinder]
* Avoid crashing on font descriptions like " 12" [Padraig O'Briain]
* Minor build fixes [Rich Burridge, Sven Neumann]

Owen Taylor
2 February 2003

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