Pango-1.12.4 released

Pango-1.12.4 is now available for download at:

8f6749fe961e41dbeed72d1efcd55224  pango-1.12.4.tar.bz2
79f005fb1be7ea47e79d2da195767657  pango-1.12.4.tar.gz

This is the last release in the 1.12 stable series and is source and
binary compatible with 1.12.3.

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 three 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-1.12 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 2.10.0 or newer of the GLib library; more
information about GLib can be found at

Overview of changes between 1.12.3 and 1.12.4
* Win32 Italic synthesis and hexbox (with cairo) support
* Improed documentation.
* Misc fixes.
* Bugs fixed in this release:
        Bug 347073 – Allow empty GPOS table
        Bug 322374 – Examples does not build on MacOS X (merge from HEAD).
        Bug 347021 – atsui crash when a matching font cannot be found.
                     Patch from Brian Tarricone.
        Bug 345274 – list of new symbols for each version is missing in docs
                     Patch from Priit Laes
        Bug 344766 – Memory leak in get_ruleset() in modules/basic/basic-fc.c
        Bug 343966 – pango Cygwin build fixes
                     Patch from Cygwin Ports maintainer.
        Bug 341138 – Using TTC font, Gtk2 programs begin to eating big memory
                     and have many cpu usage.
                     Patch from Yong Li.
        Bug 336153 – Mark to mark positioning (Lookup Type 6) isn't correct
                     when using MarkAttchmentType
                     Patch from Tin Myo Htet.
        Bug 125378 – Better underline thickness handling

15 September 2006
Behdad Esfahbod

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