Manual Reference Pages - POLYGON_Z_NORMAL (3)
polygon_z_normal, polygon_z_normal_f - Finds the Z component of the normal vector to three vertices. Allegro game programming library.
fixed polygon_z_normal(const V3D *v1, const V3D *v2, const V3D *v3);
float polygon_z_normal_f(const V3D_f *v1, const V3D_f *v2, const V3D_f *v3);
Finds the Z component of the normal vector to the specified three
vertices (which must be part of a convex polygon). This is used mainly in
back-face culling. The back-faces of closed polyhedra are never visible
to the viewer, therefore they never need to be drawn. This can cull on
average half the polygons from a scene. If the normal is negative the
polygon can safely be culled. If it is zero, the polygon is perpendicular
to the screen.
However, this method of culling back-faces must only be used once the X and
Y coordinates have been projected into screen space using persp_project()
(or if an orthographic (isometric) projection is being used). Note that
this function will fail if the three vertices are co-linear (they lie on
the same line) in 3D space.
|Allegro ||POLYGON_Z_NORMAL (3) ||version 4.4.2 |
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