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09-23-2012, 11:30 AM

Can someone give me some insight of how to draw xor lines using opengl? A xor line is a line used for cursor positioning, where xor'ing two times the same place returns to the original colors.



Dan Bartlett
09-24-2012, 05:51 AM
You could use:


You might want to check the "Logical Operation" section of the spec first before using it though.

If you're trying to erase the old drawing by drawing over it a second time, it sounds like you aren't using double buffering, which you probably should be. Also, XOR-ing some colors can be hard to distinguish (or look ugly). For example if you are XOR-ing a background which has values near the middle of the number range (eg. color=(132,132,132)) against white (255,255,255), you will end up with (123,123,123) so your marker will be hard to distinguish.

Interestingly it appears there was also a patent covering drawing in this way (xor-ing two times to erase), which helped cause Commodore Amiga to go bankrupt: https://plus.google.com/110412141990454266397/posts/dbipY1GJoGv but it should have expired by now.