[whatwg] Canvas draw quality

Andrew Fedoniouk news at terrainformatica.com
Fri Oct 20 22:01:19 PDT 2006

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Benjamin Joffe 
  To: whatwg at whatwg.org 
  Sent: Friday, October 20, 2006 9:09 PM
  Subject: [whatwg] Canvas draw quality

  I would like to see a property added to the 2d canvas context that would allow quality to be lowered for drawing functions. Normally any time a shape is drawn, pixels close to the boundary are made semi transparent to make it look smooth, this is usually favourable but I have had a need to draw shapes and lines with pixel sharp boundaries in the same way as Java normally does. I would imagine that with the setting enabled, only the integer part of linewidth would be used. This setting would also affect drawing images, making them have no blurring or approximating when scaled or rotated. 

  This could easily be implemented without affecting old scripts, making a property such as lowQuality = true; (default false). Or perhaps allowing more control: a float from 0 (low quality) to 1 (high quality), and interperating null as 1 for backwards compatibility. 

  This property could also be handy in instaces where both fill() and stroke() are being called. Low quality could be used on the fill() to improve performace while stroke() could be used with high quality so it still draws smoothly. 

I think that the best way is just to define different values for the context ID:
DOMObject getContext(in DOMString contextID);Something like "2D" and "2D-fast" or "2D-simple".
Another option would be to add one optional parameter to the getContext() function.

I doubt that someone will need to switch it in the middle of drawing so
having such switch as an attribute is redundant. 

Andrew Fedoniouk.

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