[OSM-dev] mapnik map and Arabic names

Artem Pavlenko artem at mapnik.org
Fri Mar 23 16:29:02 GMT 2007

On 23 Mar 2007, at 15:53, Raphaël Jacquot wrote:

> Artem Pavlenko a écrit :
>> AGG is nothing to do with text rendering in Mapnik. It uses  
>> Freetype2.
> ah, my bad, you're using freetype directly... no wonder
>> If fribidi doesn't work there is another option is to use ICU which
>> claims to have BIDI. shaping etc.
>> Cheers,
>> Artem
> using Pango for text would give you a slew of languages, and even  
> allows
> text on a curve if I'm not mistaken
> see here for the docs
> http://developer.gnome.org/doc/API/2.0/pango/

I had a look, thanks. Pango needs Glib ;(. Also things like text on  
curves etc already implemented in agg.
I guess you could try implementing  alternative 'pango-based'  
text_renderer for Mapnik and we can compare results.

Artem Pavlenko

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