[Bf-committers] Arabic support in text editing

Dalai Felinto dfelinto at gmail.com
Wed Oct 26 08:57:13 CEST 2011

Thanks for the link.

I looked at fribidi and found it interesting. Their standalone is
doing the same as we are with the python scripts (they call it log2vis
- to convert from logic to visual strings).

Now, if we use this lib, do we still need harfbuzz? It seemed to me
that truetype2 can handle most of the layout, no?


2011/10/25 Majid AL-Dharrab <majid at aldharrab.com>:
> I guess you can't go wrong with harfbuzz-ng on freetype2. After all, that is
> what's used to render text in Firefox. libass, the SSA subtitle renderer
> used in VLC and MPlayer, has recently started to support complex and bidi
> scripts using harfbuzz and fribidi on top of freetype2. That resulted in
> very sophisticated rendering of complex texts. Implementing that turned out
> to be easier than the developer had thought.
> http://ssadev.blogspot.com/2011/05/getting-complex-text-layout-into-libass.html
> I hope his experience helps make the issue a bit easier for our Blender
> devs. Good luck!
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