[metapost] Re: d\'ej\`a vu or turningnumber, area et caetera
Daniel H. Luecking
luecking at uark.edu
Sat Feb 5 23:31:55 CET 2005
On Fri, 4 Feb 2005, Daniel H. Luecking wrote:
> Mfpic's grafbase.mf (version 0.7) has postdirection and predirection.
> It is used to determine the orientation of arrowheads at the end of
> paths. Version 0.8 (coming Real Soon Now) uses a different approach, but
> now uses these to create parallel paths. The code follows.
> % Note: "post[n](f)" = "postcontrol n of f", etc. Also, the time is
> % not expected to be integral, and if a trivial segment (all
> % four controls coinciding) occurs, the next segment is examined.
> vardef __dir (expr p) =
> save v, w; pair v, w; w := pnt0 (p);
> v := origin;
> for n = 1 upto length (p) :
> v := post[n-1] (p) - w; exitif v <> origin;
> v := pre [ n ] (p) - w; exitif v <> origin;
> v := pnt [ n ] (p) - w; exitif v <> origin;
> v if v<>(0,0): /abs(v) fi
> vardef trivial primary p = __dir (p) = origin enddef;
I just had occasion to run a test on mfpic and the "trivial"
command, intended to return a boolean, failed. The = sign is
apparently not taken to be a boolean operation, even though it occurs
in and "if ... :" construction. MF/MP report an inconsistent equation.
Inserting parentheses around the expression cured that:
vardef trivial primary p = (__dir (p) = origin) enddef;
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