An implementation of advanced typographic tables of OpenType specification.
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SheenFigure aims to implement the advanced typographic tables of OpenType specification available at along with script specific shaping engines available at Currently, it only supports Arabic script and a subset of GDEF, GSUB and GPOS tables. The support is intended to increase in each newer versions of the library.

Here are some of the advantages of SheenFigure.

  • Object based
  • Designed to be thread safe
  • Lightweight API for interaction
  • Clear differentiation of public and private API
  • Thoroughly tested


SheenFigure only depends on SheenBidi in order to support UTF-8, UTF-16 and UTF-32 string encodings. Other than that, it only uses standard C library headers stddef.h, stdint.h, stdlib.h and string.h.


The configuration options are available in Headers/SFConfig.h.

  • SF_CONFIG_UNITY builds the library as a single module and lets the compiler make decisions to inline functions.


SheenFigure can be compiled with any C compiler. The best way for compiling is to add all the files in an IDE and hit build. The only thing to consider however is that if SF_CONFIG_UNITY is enabled then only Source/SheenFigure.c should be compiled.

Public API

Here is a glimpse of public API in the form of UML class diagram. Public API


Following are the tables implemented by SheenFigure.

OpenType Layout Common Table Formats

Table Supported
Script List ✔️
Feature List ✔️
Lookup List ✔️
Coverage ✔️
Class Definition ✔️
Variation Index

GDEF (Glyph Definition Table)

Subtable Supported
Glyph Class Definition ✔️
Attachment List
Ligature Caret List
Mark Attachment Class Definition ✔️
Mark Glyph Sets ✔️
Item Variation Store

GPOS (Glyph Positioning Table)

Subtable Format 1 Format 2 Format 3
Single Adjustment ✔️ ✔️
Pair Adjustment ✔️ ✔️
Cursive Attachment ✔️
Mark To Base Attachment ✔️
Mark To Ligature Attachment ✔️
Mark To Mark Attachment ✔️
Context Positioning ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Chained Context Positioning ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Extension Positioning ✔️

GSUB (Glyph Substitution Table)

Subtable Format 1 Format 2 Format 3
Single ✔️ ✔️
Multiple ✔️
Ligature ✔️
Context ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Chaining Context ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Extension ✔️
Reverse Chaining Context