[Fontconfig] Fontconfig, Pango, vertical text & Windows...

Behdad Esfahbod behdad at behdad.org
Mon Mar 12 13:27:35 PDT 2012

On 03/12/2012 03:44 PM, Jeremy Moles wrote:
> Hello everyone; I've noticed a bit more traffic on these lists lately
> with behdad having turned over maintainership, and so I figured I'd pose
> my question here as well.
> The bottom line, really, is that I'm looking for some way (any way!) to
> get vertical text support on Windows using Pango. When using Linux our
> application behaves perfectly when requesting a vertical layout with
> Pango. On Windows, however, Pango doesn't use the Fontconfig backend
> (and I've not been able to figure out how to encourage/force it to).

Other than what I told you already, I think there's some cairo API missing
also, so getting the win32 backend to work wouldn't be trivial at this time.

> I've spent some time trying to hack Pango itself to no avail; I just
> don't have enough understanding to even know where to begin. Therefore,
> I'd like to try configuring Pango to use the Fontconfig/FT2 backends on
> Windows instead. I'm not even sure if I'm using the right terminology
> here, so please bear with me. :)



> My question is: if I go down this path, is this likely (or even
> possible) to solve my issue with needing vertical text in Windows? I
> understand Pango's problems aren't related to Fontconfig, but I'm hoping
> the domains might be similar enough for other people to comment.
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