Pango-1.16.0 released

Pango-1.16.0 is now available for download at:

3ff23998479e98c5dd9a7eaf08f6249d  pango-1.16.0.tar.bz2
0b6ee553631e3988d8e7ce87c3072e39  pango-1.16.0.tar.gz

This is a stable release providing new functionality as compared
to Pango-1.14, while maintaining source and binary compatibility.
Notable improvements in Pango since version 1.14 include:

  * Support for vertical writing system

  * Improved performance when rendering layouts multiple times

  * New Thai, Indic, and Arabic language engines, improving line
breaking and cursor positioning in their respective languages.  These
were backported released in later 1.14.x releases too.

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 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 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
Bugs should be reported to

Pango 1.16.0 depends on version 2.12.0 or newer of the GLib
library and version 1.2.6 or newer of the cairo library (if the
cairo backend is desired); more information about GLib and cairo
can be found at and

Overview of changes between 1.15.6 and 1.16.0
- Improved docs, with an object hierarchy and cross references to glib and
  cairo docs now (may require rebuilding the docs to correctly detect glib
  and cairo prefixes).
- Improved font selection for space characters
- Misc build system fixes
- Bugs fixed in this release:
        Bug 407087 – wants automake-1.7
        Bug 409212 – Missing link flag prevents build with "-z defs" ld flags
                     Patch from Loïc Minier
        Bug 355987 – choosing font/shaper for spaces breaks Arabic runs on

27 February 2007
Behdad Esfahbod

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