Manual Reference Pages - GLFRONTFACE (3)
glFrontFace - define front- and back-facing polygons
GLenum mode )
Specifies the orientation of front-facing polygons.
GL_CW and GL_CCW are accepted.
The initial value is GL_CCW.
In a scene composed entirely of opaque closed surfaces,
back-facing polygons are never visible.
Eliminating these invisible polygons has the obvious benefit
of speeding up the rendering of the image.
To enable and disable elimination of back-facing polygons, call glEnable
and glDisable with argument GL_CULL_FACE.
The projection of a polygon to window coordinates is said to have
clockwise winding if an imaginary object following the path
from its first vertex,
its second vertex,
and so on,
to its last vertex,
and finally back to its first vertex,
moves in a clockwise direction about the interior of the polygon.
The polygons winding is said to be counterclockwise if the imaginary
object following the same path moves in a counterclockwise direction
about the interior of the polygon.
glFrontFace specifies whether polygons with clockwise winding in window coordinates,
or counterclockwise winding in window coordinates,
are taken to be front-facing.
Passing GL_CCW to mode selects counterclockwise polygons as
GL_CW selects clockwise polygons as front-facing.
By default, counterclockwise polygons are taken to be front-facing.
GL_INVALID_ENUM is generated if mode is not an accepted value.
GL_INVALID_OPERATION is generated if glFrontFace
is executed between the execution of glBegin
and the corresponding execution of glEnd.
glGet with argument GL_FRONT_FACE
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