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Re: [Public WebGL] using the same context with multiple canvases

I've been looking at this in the context of the 2D context and cross-worker canvases.

I like the idea described in this thread regarding being able to construct a rendering context independent of a canvas ("front buffer"). Rather than having the ability to bind a context to a canvas be a property of the context, though, I think it would make more sense to have it be a feature of the canvas. As in:

   var context = new WebGLRenderingContext();
   // do whatever to update canvas1
   // do whatever to update canvas2

Calling getContext() on a canvas after setContext() has been called would fail.
Calling setContext() on a canvas after getContext() has been successfully used would fail.

Setting a rendering context to be the context of a canvas when it's currently set to another would remove the connection from the first one. Setting a rendering context to a canvas that already has one would drop the first one.

This would then work well with the work for putting contexts in workers, since you could create a 2D context and then assign it to a particular canvas.

Ian Hickson