[cairo] non-ascii output

Owen Taylor otaylor at redhat.com
Tue May 17 16:04:53 PDT 2005

On Tue, 2005-05-17 at 15:27 -0700, Evan Martin wrote:
> On 5/17/05, Bill Spitzak <spitzak at d2.com> wrote:
> > It does seem the Cairo authors are seriously underestimating how
> > important the "toy" (as they call it) utf-8 interface is. It is vital
> > that we be able to draw arbitrary strings as UTF-8 and see something
> > that approaches what you can get *today* on OS/X and Windows.
> Doing this fully is Hard, and that's why there are libraries like
> Pango and m17n-lib.
> However, it *does* seem reasonable (and this goes back to my original
> mail) to at least make the interface put out *something* for non-ASCII
> text.  As it stands, you might as well rename cairo_show_text() to
> cairo_show_ascii().

It's very much not "show ascii" ... it takes UTF-8, and handles
whatever your font has in it, as long as the script is sufficiently


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