Sun Microsystems is licensing IBM's Taligent unit's graphics technology to integrate into its Java 2D application programming interface (APIs).
The Taligent offering includes software for combining and manipulating geometric shapes and bi-directional line layout for text internationalisation to enable developers to mix text in different languages that read in different directions such as Arabic and English.
The Java 2D API is up for review until 9 June and is intended to extend the core Java APIs by offering users enhanced two-dimensional graphics and imaging capabilities.
Its aim is to broaden the functionality of the Java Abstract Windowing Toolkit (AWT) and the packages developed with it to enable users to handle and manipulate shapes, text and images in a uniform way.
Java 2D is device and resolution-independent and enables developers to include graphics into their Java-based applets and applications. It will form the basis of JavaSoft's Animation API in future.
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