Maybe the 0.3s Fontconfig startup penalty will be a thing of the past with its new devel version. Patrick Lam has been optimizing FC in order to reduce memory usage and startup penalties related to computing glyph metrics.
New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.
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If you're a C programmer with some spare time, take a look at the mod_virgule project page and help us with one of the tasks on the ToDo list!