[cairo] GTKCairo development

Carl Worth cworth at east.isi.edu
Mon May 3 14:27:22 PDT 2004

On Sun, 2 May 2004 08:26:09 -0700 (PDT), Jon Smirl wrote:
> Would it be too much of a leap to require that Pango always be present in the
> Cairo API? and that Pango is the only text API in Cairo?

Yes, it probably would be. Cairo is intended to work on multiple
platforms, so it needs to support the native font systems of the various

Also, text layout belongs one layer up from the functionality provided
by cairo, (since it requires higher-level objects such as paragraphs,
pages, etc. that don't appear in an immediate-mode API like cairo).

>                                                          I've always thought
> that it was somewhat unfair that complex script fonts were treated like second
> class citizens in most OS's.

Cairo's part in the solution to that problem is to not get in the
way. We've been careful to stay in touch with the developers of pango to
make sure that cairo provides everything it needs to work well.


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