[Cairo] Gradients

Keith Packard keithp at keithp.com
Sun Oct 5 19:06:39 PDT 2003

Around 18 o'clock on Oct 5, Thomas Hunger wrote:

> Do you want to compose the gradient with trapezoids (and use some kind of 
> parameter to control the smoothness of the gradient? The smoother the more 
> trapezoids used)? 

Looking at the PostScript spec leads me to believe that there is a lot 
about gradients that I don't understand, and that for some reason 
trapezoids aren't sufficient to represent this information.

> There is no color member in the XTrapezoid structure but I saw a 
> #define X_RenderColorTrapezoids             14
> in the XRender extension header?

Yeah,  I was originally thinking that we'd do simple Gouraud shading by 
setting the colors at each vertex of a trapezoid.  However, that's really 
inconsistent with the rest of the system as the shaded texture should 
really be the source input into the regular Render operation.  In 
particular, doing shading this way makes it impossible to shade text.

Instead, the shading should obviously be an implicit source operand, so we 
need a specification that matches this model.


More information about the cairo mailing list