[metapost] Re: pdf output and extensions
bop at bop.com.pl
Wed Mar 16 10:06:23 CET 2005
> I am still guessing wildly concerning the envelope proposal
> envelope <big Omega shaped path> withpen <medium sized circular pen>;
> It seems now that the answer is ERROR.
> for circular (and elliptic) pens I would be surprised if
> mp has calculated any envellope of any sort.
Everybody would (and should) be. The envelope of a circular
pen is not any longer B\'ezier curve. Therefere, approximation
(not necessarily trivial, I guess) must be employed.
> I have read that *metafont* does secretly convert circular
> pens to polygonal pens of approximately circular shape.
True, although I'd rather use the word `implicitly' than `secretly' ;-)
> But I doubt the same is done in the scalable mp world (which
* METAPOST circular pens are passed on to PostScript as PostScript circular
pens and PostScript (I presume) does the same as MF does:
it converts a pen immediately before the drawing of a stroke into
a polygonal pen and actually the polygonal pen is used to color pixels.
* METAPOST polygonal pens are passed on to PostScript as envelopes to be
I believe that the calculation of an envelope MUST involve
a user-controlled conversion of a circular pen into a polygonal
one. So, it would be a ``mock'' envelope in the case of circular
pens and one should remember about it. Nevertheless, such
a ``mock'' envelope can also be useful.
Cheers -- Jacko
Ps. You can always resort to knotty macros, of the kind we implemented in
plain_ex.mp (an extension of plain.mp that we use in our METATYPE1
system), that approximate (somehow and in some tidy cases, of course)
the envelope of a circular pen.
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