I'm not sure how it's any more alien than flipy and premultipliedAlpha. We might as well argue that naming these functions texImage2D is inappropriate. Perhaps it would be better to have conversion functions that take in one of the image element types and the convertTo, flipy and premultipliedAlpha params and return a filled in ArrayBuffer. I don't particularly like that idea because it would not allow optimizations that might be possible on some platforms, such as directly writing the image to GPU memory using some non-OpenGL mechanism.
On May 18, 2010, at 2:50 PM, Cedric Vivier wrote:
> On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 05:36, Chris Marrin <firstname.lastname@example.org
>> NONE or NO_CONVERSION would not literally perform no conversion on the input image. It would rather make a texture that matches the original image format. Since WebKit/Chrome and Firefox both store images internally in RGBA (converting images from 1 or 2 channel formats if needed), specifying NO_CONVERSION of a 1 channel image will actually have to convert it back from RGBA to 1 channel. Of course that's an implementation detail and we could always store the original format for avoid that double conversion. But I can't see doing that in WebKit in the short term anyway...
> Yes indeed, potential interim conversions are implementation detail
> but the result for end user/developer is identical to no conversion...
> and could be no conversion at all in implementations that do such
> image loading optimizations.
>> But these function already diverge. They are a bridge between HTML and WebGL. They also support y flipping and alpha premultiplying, which are >divergent. We need to make them useful to the HTML author, not matching OpenGL.
> Yeah but coming from native ES or GL, you could think of the
> HTMLImageElement as an "unsigned char*" that has been populated
> through libpng or similar. With the a GL-like signature of the helper,
> porting is trivial to do because the order of the required parameters
> is the same : native code calling texImage2D(...RGB ... RGB ...
> &bytes_from_a_png_loaded_as_rgb) can be directly ported to
> texImage2D(...RGB, png_img_element).
> If we add a completely 'alien' convertTo parameter this completely
> changes that nice characteristic, this is what I meant by diverging