Pango-1.3.5 released [unstable]

Pango-1.3.5 is now available for download at:

pango-1.3.5.tar.bz2   md5sum: cb94befb65b0ca11cca02fb0f8166679
pango-1.3.5.tar.gz    md5sum: d993f60c159c98b93f32e35b4f0eac97

This is the last development release leading up to Pango-1.4.0
which is scheduled for release in one week on March 8.
Testing, especially of the newly reworked OpenType code,
is much appreciated.

Two major improvements have been made since 1.3.3 (the
1.3.4 version number was skipped for consistency with 
GTK+ numbering.)

 * PangoLayout now autocomputes the bidirectional base direction
   with a set of patches from Dov Grobgeld. (Part of this work
   also shows up in GTK+-2.3.5.) This means that mixed right-to-left
   and left-to-right interfaces typically display correctly 
   without further intervention.

 * The internal OpenType interfaces have been changed 
   to make GPOS work much better, including Mark/Ligature 
   attachmentsand cursive joins. GPOS is now enabled for 
   Arabic text.

The release also contains a couple of small API enhancements,
including the much-requested wavy error underlines. (Patch
from Nicolas Setton)


 * This is unstable development release. While it has had
   fairly extensive testing, there are likely bugs
   remaining to be found. This release should not be used
   in production.

 * Installing this version will overwrite your existing
   copy of Pango-1.2. If you have problems, you'll need
   to reinstall Pango-1.2.5.

 * Bugs should be reported to

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 2.2.0 or newer of the GLib library; more 
information about GLib can be found at

Overview of changes between 1.3.3 and 1.3.5

* Add support for automatically determining the base direction for
  PangoLayout from the contained text [Dov Grobgeld]
* Major rework of internal opentype interfaces to fix
  problems with GPOS. Turn on GPOS handling for Arabic.
* Add a PangoAttribute to turn off font fallback [Noah Levitt]
* Add wavy error-indication underlines [Nicolas Setton]
* Improve handling of BENGALI LETTER A/E [Sayamindu Dasgupta]
* Win32 bug fixes and improvements [J. Ali Harlow, Hans Breuer]
* Misc bug fixes [Noah, Roozbeh Pournader]

Owen Taylor
1 March 2004

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