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Re: [Public WebGL] Updated WebGL spec with bounds checking info

On Jun 1, 2011, at 3:46 PM, Kenneth Russell wrote:

> On Thu, May 26, 2011 at 11:18 AM, Chris Marrin <cmarrin@apple.com> wrote:
>> I've just added two new sections to the WebGL editor's draft:
>>        https://www.khronos.org/registry/webgl/specs/latest/#4.5
>>        https://www.khronos.org/registry/webgl/specs/latest/#6.20
>> Please review for accuracy and clarity...
> There are a couple of inaccuracies and grammatical errors in Section
> 4.5 (Out-of-Range Array Accesses). Here is a suggested rewrite of the
> first paragraph:
> """
> Shaders must not be allowed to read or write array elements that lie
> outside the bounds of the array. This includes any variable of array
> type, as well as vector or matrix types such as <code>vec3</code> or
> <code>mat4</code> when accessed using array subscripting syntax. If
> detected during compilation, such accesses may generate an error and
> prevent the shader from compiling. Otherwise, at runtime they may
> return a constant value (such as 0), or the value at any valid index
> of the same array.
> """

This is fine except I think we need to make it clear that the error needs to be generated somewhere. 

> Section 6.20 (Dynamic Indexing of Arrays) is redundant; all of its
> restrictions are already covered in Section 4.3 (Supported GLSL
> Constructs), since Section 4.3 specifically references the array
> indexing limitations in Appendix A of the GLSL ES spec. There are also
> some differences in terminology between this section and GLSL ES'
> Appendix A. This section should just be removed. I don't think any
> additional text is needed in Section 4.3. The links from Section 4.5
> to the Dynamic Indexing section can just be retargeted to Section 4.3.
> Are there any objections to making the above changes? If not, and if
> Chris is too busy, I'll update the spec.

6.20 is somewhat redundant. But I think it's important to make it clear what you can and can't do with array indexing. The ES spec is pretty obtuse and I don't think this is explained clearly enough there. But maybe I'm just being pedantic.


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