Make freetype/pango the default option on Linux

Felipe Heidrich felipe.heidrich at
Thu Jan 23 16:05:47 PST 2014


Please see:

For 8u20, we would like to make Freetype and Pango the default option for handling text on Linux (replacing T2K and ICU respectively).

- Windows and Mac already use native technologies for handling text by default (DirectWrite and CoreText respectively).
- Open-builds, which never include T2K, were already using Freetype.
- Differently than T2K and ICU, which we ship as part of JavaFX. Freetype and Pango are expected to be available on the system.
- If Freetype is not available on the system, T2K will be used instead  automatically.
- If Pango is not available on the system, Freetype will still be used for rendering text. But complex text support will not work.
- The user can set -Dprism.text=t2k to force T2K to be used. Note: this is not an official API, but good for testing at times.
Let me of any concerns you might have.

Ah, if anyone would like to provide us a Harfbuzz implementation that would be great.
See and pango.c as reference.


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