Kevin Ryde
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Gtk2::Ex::Xor -- shared support for drawing with XOR


This is support code shared by Gtk2::Ex::CrossHair and Gtk2::Ex::Lasso.

Both those add-ons draw using an "xor" onto the pixels in a widget (hence the dist name), using a value that flips between the widget background and the cross or lasso line colour. Drawing like this is fast and portable, though doing it as an add-on can potentially clash with what the widget does natively.

  • A single dominant background colour is assumed. Often shades of grey or similar will end up with a contrasting line but there's no guarantee of that.

  • The background colour is taken from the widget Gtk2::Style "bg" for normal widgets, or from "base" for text widgets Gtk2::Entry and Gtk2::TextView. Goo::Canvas is recognised as using "base" too.

  • Expose events are watched and xoring redone, though it assumes the widget will redraw only the exposed region, as opposed to a full window redraw. Clipping in a redraw is usually what you want, especially if the display might not have the X double-buffering extension.

  • For multi-window widgets it's necessary to figure out which subwindow is the one to draw on. The xoring recognises the "bin" window of Gtk2::Layout (which includes Gnome2::Canvas), the "text" subwindow of Gtk2::TextView, and the secret subwindows of Gtk2::Entry and Goo::Canvas.

  • The SyncCall mechanism is used to protect against flooding the server with more drawing than it can keep up with. Each motion event would only result in a few drawing requests, but it's still easy to overload the server if it sends a lot of motions or if it's not very fast at drawing wide lines. The effect of SyncCall is to delay further drawing until hearing back from the server that the previous has completed.


Gtk2::Ex::CrossHair, Gtk2::Ex::Lasso



Copyright 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Kevin Ryde

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