[webkit-efl] Dropping support for the pango network backend.

Raphael Kubo da Costa rakuco at webkit.org
Wed Aug 8 00:31:53 PDT 2012

Dominik Röttsches <dominik.rottsches at intel.com> writes:

> Hi Ryuan,
> On 05/15/2012 10:22 AM, ryuan Choi wrote:
>> We've supported freetype and pango backend as font backend of webkit-efl.
>> However, pango backend can not render well because of missing
>> features and webkit-efl builds with freetype by default.
>> Does anyone need pango backend?
>> If possible, I will remove font backend selection checks and just
>> use freetype backend with FontPango.cpp for the complex font.
>> Related bug is https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=86369
> I remember Martin Robinson prefers to not mix those backends and wait
> for his HarfBuzz support to be merged. I asked him on IRC and he has a
> preliminary patch that he's planning to upstream soon. See also
> https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=83275

For posterity and also for people not watching Bugzilla: harfbuzz
support has been added by Dominik, and using the freetype backend now
requires HarfBuzz >= 0.9.0.

The Pango backend has not been dropped yet, but using it does not seem
to bring any benefits over harfbuzz these days.

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