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Ralph Boland
>> I just attempted to draw a rectangle with dimensions  3@3 corner: 9@3.
>> Nothing gets drawn.  The reason that nothing is drawn is that the width of
>> the rectangle is 0.  This makes sense for real numbers but for a pixelated
>> screen or other display medium the dimensions of the rectangle
>> should be 1 x 7  not  0 x 6!?.  This is 7 pixels needed to draw, not 0.
>> The same issues occur for the height of the rectangles.
>> I would think that the way things work would cause all kinds of problems
>> but since Rectangles are pretty basic, either I am wrong,
>> or every bit of Squeak code using rectangles has adjusted accordingly.
>> Please clarify.

> The coordinates refer to the imaginary lines between pixels. Thus, if you
> draw a rectangle from x=4 to x=5 its width is 1. This is so that if you
> draw multiple rectangles, they do not overlap (imagine drawing from 5 to 12
> and from 12 to 19).

But I would expect these rectangles to overlap just like I would expect the
intervals  (3 to: 5)  and  (5 to: 7) to overlap; and they do (the intervals).

But of course we are doing computer graphics here, not mathematics.
In the next couple of days I will write code to draw a line segment and see
what happens.  My guess is that if I draw a line from  3 @ 3   to  3 @ 5
only two pixels will be changed (analogous to how Rectangle works)
and not three (my intuition prior to this conversation).

> How do Java and other languages handle this?

Same. There's a nice illustration on this page:

Regardless of my protestations on the right way to do this I must obviously
conform to convention.

Thanks for the clarification.

Ralph Boland
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