GNOME has a first-class solution for rendering internationalized text since its early days, with Pango. In recent years, development of text rendering and font handling has moved more and more to harfbuzz.
In this presentation, we will take a look at the shape of the text rendering stack underneath GTK, compare how it worked in the past, how it works today, and provide some outlook for how and why it might change in the future.
The talk will be accessible to anyone with a general interest in typography and graphics.
Matthias has been involved in GNOME for a long time. He is one of the maintainers of GTK, and a member of the release team. He is a manager in the desktop team at Red Hat, and lives in Massachusetts.