The goal of the Pango project is to provide an open-source framework for the layout and rendering of internationalized text. Pango is an offshoot of the GTK+ and GNOME projects, and the initial focus is operation in those environments, however there is nothing fundamentally GTK+ or GNOME specific about Pango. Pango uses Unicode for all of its encoding, and will eventually support output in all the worlds major languages.

The name is:

Greek "Pan" / U03A0 U03B1 U03BD / All
Japanese "Go" / U8A9E / Language

So, properly written, it looks like: (image rendered by Pango).


Last modified 18-Nov-2000
Owen Taylor <>