|Specification of the way the vertices given during renderPrimitive are
interpreted. In the description of the constructors, n is an integer count
starting at one, and N is the total number of vertices specified.
|Points||Treats each vertex as a single point. Vertex n defines point n.
N points are drawn.
|Lines||Treats each pair of vertices as an independent line segment. Vertices
2n-1 and 2n define line n. N/2 lines are drawn.
|LineLoop||Draws a connected group of line segments from the first vertex to the
last, then back to the first. Vertices n and n+1 define line n.
The last line, however, is defined by vertices N and 1. N lines
|LineStrip||Draws a connected group of line segments from the first vertex to the
last. Vertices n and n+1 define line n. N-1 lines are drawn.
|Triangles||Treats each triplet of vertices as an independent triangle. Vertices
3n-2, 3n-1, and 3n define triangle n. N\3/ triangles are drawn.
|TriangleStrip||Draws a connected group of triangles. One triangle is defined for each
vertex presented after the first two vertices. For odd n, vertices
n, n+1, and n+2 define triangle n. For even n, vertices n+1,
n, and n+2 define triangle n. N-2 triangles are drawn.
|TriangleFan||Draws a connected group of triangles. One triangle is defined for each
vertex presented after the first two vertices. Vertices 1, n+1, and
n+2 define triangle n. N-2 triangles are drawn.
|Quads||Treats each group of four vertices as an independent quadrilateral.
Vertices 4n-3, 4n-2, 4n-1, and 4n define quadrilateral n.
N/4 quadrilaterals are drawn.
|QuadStrip||Draws a connected group of quadrilaterals. One quadrilateral is
defined for each pair of vertices presented after the first pair.
Vertices 2n-1, 2n, 2n+2, and 2n+1 define quadrilateral n.
N/2-1 quadrilaterals are drawn. Note that the order in which vertices
are used to construct a quadrilateral from strip data is different from
that used with independent data.
|Polygon||Draws a single, convex polygon. Vertices 1 through N define this
Delimit the vertices that define a primitive or a group of like primitives.
Only a subset of GL commands can be used in the delimited action:
Those for specifying vertex coordinates
and fog coordinates
and setting edgeFlag are allowed. Writing the respective state variables
is allowed in the delimited action, too.
Regardless of the chosen PrimitiveMode, there is no limit to the number of
vertices that can be defined during a single renderPrimitive. Lines,
triangles, quadrilaterals, and polygons that are incompletely specified are
not drawn. Incomplete specification results when either too few vertices are
provided to specify even a single primitive or when an incorrect multiple of
vertices is specified. The incomplete primitive is ignored; the rest are
The minimum specification of vertices for each primitive is as follows: 1
for a point, 2 for a line, 3 for a triangle, 4 for a quadrilateral, and 3 for
a polygon. Modes that require a certain multiple of vertices are Lines (2),
Triangles (3), Quads (4), and QuadStrip (2).
Each vertex of a polygon, separate triangle, or separate quadrilateral
specified during renderPrimitive is marked as the start of either a boundary
or nonboundary (interior) edge.
The vertices of connected triangles and connected quadrilaterals are always
marked as boundary, regardless of the value of the edge flag.
Boundary and nonboundary edge flags on vertices are significant only if
polygonMode is set to
Note that the current edge flag can be updated at any time, in particular