Graphics Display Arcs by Enveloping
Original Publication Date: 1986-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
On a graphics display an arc is drawn by forming an envelope with a series of lines. Starting from an imaginary circumscribing square whose side equals arc radius, the end coordinates of lines across the square, external to the arc and tangential to the arc are calculated from a stored tangent table. When these lines are drawn on a graphics display, an envelope of a quadrant of the arc is formed with vignetting external to the arc. A solid quadrant-producing program flow follows: 1.Decide which quadrant to do first. 2. Define the imaginary circumscribing square whose side equals quadrant arc radius. 3. Define either corner of the square which touches the arc, as the starting point (one of two). 4. Make the x/y boundaries the two sides of the square outside the circle. 5.