[HarfBuzz] graphite 1.0.1 released

Martin Hosken mhosken at gmail.com
Sun Aug 7 19:32:39 PDT 2011

Dear Shriramana,

> On Sat, Aug 6, 2011 at 5:08 AM, Behdad Esfahbod <behdad at behdad.org> wrote:
> > Thanks Martin.  Now that we have multi-shaper infrastructure in place, I'll go
> > ahead and do that.
> Sorry to sound ignorant, but HB is OpenType technology for rendering,
> Graphite is a different technology for the same -- what exactly is the
> need/nature of connection between the two? Integration between two
> technologies in *general* sounds a good thing, but I'm curious to know
> the details.

HB supplies a shaping interface to applications, which don't care *how* that shaping is done, just so long as it is done and is returned in an agreed fashion. HB implements, as its primary technology, OpenType to do that shaping. But there is nothing to stop it also using Graphite or AAT (if someone were to write an implementation of AAT) or any other shaping technology, to do the shaping the application requires. By integrating Graphite under the HB shaper API, applications only need concern themselves with the one API to get good shaping from Graphite fonts as well as OpenType fonts.


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