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Wednesday, November 04, 2009
 HarfBuzz HackFest

Here is a quick update re HarfBuzz:

During May and August I finished rewriting the OpenType Layout engine to use mmap()ed font files. This is in Pango 1.26.x already. Pango and fontconfig also received a lot more optimization love. That deserves a long and separate blogpost. The net result is that the text stack's memory usage is considerably lower now. All this goodness will be in the upcoming Fedora 12.

In October, I attended the 33rd Internationalization and Unicode Conference in San Jose to present the free software text stack (useless slides) as well as present and promote HarfBuzz (useless slides). That was a very fruitful event and I received lots of interest from many major industry players. With the liberal license that we are releasing HarfBuzz under, we expect broad adoption, which is exactly what we are looking for.

This week, Jonathan Kew and myself are having a small HarfBuzz HackFest here in Mozilla's Toronto office. Here's what we have got done so far:
At the rate this is developing, by the end of the week we should have basic shaper (Latin, Cyrillic, CJK, ...) and Arabic+Syriac working perfectly and tackling Indic family. We're closer to 1.0 than you may think!

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I don't see that repository on cgit.freedesktop.org... am I doing something wrong?
 
> That deserves a long and separate blogpost

I'm waiting for it ! Thank you for your optimization works.
 
Something's wront with cgit.freedesktop.org, or maybe I don't know how to set it up properly. I tried multiple times. Will try to get that sorted out. But then again, if I can get any sysadmin attention from fdo, I'll create a non-personal tree for harfbuzz-ng.
 
HarfBuzz! I didn't discovered what it says until I saw the Persian equivalent! :P
 
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