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Pango - Layout and render international text


  my $surface = Cairo::ImageSurface->create ('argb32', 200, 100);
  my $cr = Cairo::Context->create ($surface);

  my $layout = Pango::Cairo::create_layout ($cr);
  $layout->set_text ("\x{03A0}\x{03B1}\x{03BD}\x{8A9E}");

  my $font = Pango::FontDescription->from_string ('Serif Bold 27');
  $layout->set_font_description ($font);

  Pango::Cairo::show_layout($cr, $layout);

  $surface->write_to_png ('pango.png');


Pango is a library for laying out and rendering text, with an emphasis on internationalization. Pango can be used anywhere that text layout is needed, but using Pango in conjunction with Cairo and/or Gtk2 provides a complete solution with high quality text handling and graphics rendering.

Dynamically loaded modules handle text layout for particular combinations of script and font backend. Pango provides a wide selection of modules, including modules for Hebrew, Arabic, Hangul, Thai, and a number of Indic scripts. Virtually all of the world's major scripts are supported.

In addition to the low level layout rendering routines, Pango includes Pango::Layout, a high level driver for laying out entire blocks of text, and routines to assist in editing internationalized text.

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Pango tries to stick very close in spirit to the C API of the underlying pango library. Thus, the manual available at also applies to this module. Additionally, API listings in POD form are generated during compilation for each of the sub-modules. An index of those POD pages is available at Pango::index.


perl, Glib, Cairo, Gtk2.

Pango::index lists the autogenerated API documentation pod files for Pango. is the homepage of the pango C library. Its API documentation is available at


 muppet <scott at asofyet dot org>
 Torsten Schoenfeld <kaffeetisch at gmx dot de>
 Marc Lehmann <pcg at goof dot com>


Copyright 2003-2011 by the gtk2-perl team.

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Library General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This library is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Library General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Library General Public License along with this library; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA.

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