[$] HarfBuzz brings professional typography to the desktop

Post Syndicated from jake original https://lwn.net/Articles/741722/rss

By their nature, low-level libraries go mostly unnoticed by users and
even some programmers. Usually, they are only noticed when something goes
wrong. However, HarfBuzz
deserves to be an exception. Not only does the adoption of HarfBuzz mean
that free
software’s ability to convert Unicode
characters to a font’s specific glyphs is as advanced as any proprietary
equivalent, but its increasing use means that professional typography can
now be done from the Linux desktop as easily as at a print shop.