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Re: [Groff] Proposal for raster graphics extensions to gpic

From: Ralph Corderoy
Subject: Re: [Groff] Proposal for raster graphics extensions to gpic
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2002 12:12:20 +0000

Hi Werner,

> > If the PS driver sees a PS image, it will handle it itself.
> > Similarly for JPEG/PNG/GIF in the HTML driver. Otherwise, there is a
> > generic way in which the drivers will invoke some function to
> > generate a generic pixel array under constraints that the drivers
> > sets (max DPI etc), so that the driver does not need to concern
> > itself about what the format is.
> Any reason why groff should do that?  Given the netpbm package,
> virtually any image can be converted to PAM before starting groff.  Of
> course, the PAM format should be understood by all drivers.

I'd echo that.  netpbm exists so programs don't have to attempt to
understand the image formats that are out there today, or tomorrow.
Understand PAM and let make(1) or whatever, do the work of building the
required pixmaps using netpbm.



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