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The Pango project intends to provide a framework with which to lay out and render internationalized text. It uses Unicode for all of its encoding, and will eventually support output in all the world's major languages. Since Pango is an offshoot of the GTK+ and GNOME projects, the initial focus is operation in those environments. However, there is nothing fundamentally GTK+ or GNOME specific about Pango. Project goals include modularity for a faster development process, font system and toolkit independence, and high quality rendering of a large set of languages.


Download version 1.40.4 (stable)
released on 27 February 2017

VCS Checkout

cvs checkout pango


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LGPLJanet Casey5 June 2002

Leaders and contributors

Owen Taylor Maintainer
See the AUTHORS file in the distribution for a complete list Contributor

Resources and communication

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Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to build glib 2.0.0
Required to build iconv() implemetation
Weak prerequisite FreeType 2.0.1 or later (for the Pango FT backend)
Weak prerequisite Qt2 (for the example program)

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 2 March 2017.


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