[whatwg] getImageData/putImageData comments

Oliver Hunt oliver at apple.com
Sun May 31 20:30:41 PDT 2009

>    Worse yet, the current setup means that a script that tries
>    createImageData, fill in the pixels, and then paint it to the
>    canvas, needs to fill different numbers of pixels depending on the
>    output device.  I fully expect script authors to get this very very
>    wrong, since it's such non-intuitive behavior.  It would make more
>    sense to just have the script work entirely in CSS pixels; if it
>    wishes to create a higher-resolution image it can create a canvas
>    with bigger dimensions (and scale its actual display via setting
>    its width and height CSS properties).
This has been discussed heavily before.  It was always intended that  
canvas be resolution independent in a given environment.  Requiring a  
developer to do this is nonsensical as the developer has no way to  
know what they should be doing.

eg. why should drawing an arc in a canvas produce aliased output yet  
drawing an arc in svg not when they're both being drawn at the same  
time on the same device? or why should text drawn to the canvas look  
fuzzy compared to the text drawn next to it outside of the canvas?   
This is basically what you are asking for.


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