Glimmr Canvas-Based Drawing

version 2/101030 by Erik Temple

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  • Section: Elements as objects in the world model

    Since elements are objects, like any other entity of Inform's "thing" kind, we can use their location in space to manage display. If we want an image (or images) to display only when the player is in a certain room, we could put the element object in that room and indicate that elements should only be depicted when the element object is in scope (in most cases, this will be when the player is also in the room). For example, this rule would run before the default canvas-based drawing rule and activate the appropriate elements for display:

        First window-drawing rule for a graphics g-window (called the present window):
            repeat with item running through g-elements assigned to the present window:
                if the item can be seen by the player:
                    activate item;
                    deactivate item;
            continue the action.

    We could also potentially use other aspects of g-elements--particularly their relationships with one another--as means of organizing their display. I leave users to think about whether this kind of thing might have advantages for them.

    If for some reason we actually want players to be able to see, pick up, and refer to some elements as if they were objects in the game world, we can declare those elements to be "publically-named":

        Mario is publically-named.

    If we want to elements to be publically-named by default, we can replace the section of the extension's code that conceals them from the player, like this:

        Section - Revealing elements (in place of Section - Concealing elements in Glimmr Canvas-Based Drawing by Erik Temple)

    With the body of this section left blank, the privately-named and scenery properties are not set for g-elements, and we can now treat g-elements like any other kind of object: the player will be now able to see and interact with them. Note that g-elements, just like other objects, will be created "off-stage" unless we actively place them in specific rooms.