Rendering text

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  • freetype-gl

    OpenGL text using one vertex buffer, one texture and FreeType

    To render text in my own engine, I rasterise TTF files. I use FreeType to do most of the work for me and use FreeType-GL to take care of packing the glyphs into a single texture (as well as handling UTF-8 text).

  • harfbuzz

    HarfBuzz text shaping engine

    I also use HarfBuzz to take care of text shaping (because some languages require different glyphs depending on the context - Arabic for example requires letters to be connected in a word).

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