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Activating a Graphics Mode

If you call a graphics routine without setting a graphics mode with
, QuickWin automatically sets the graphics mode with default values.
The Writing a Graphics Program Overview program shown in the previous topic selects and sets the graphics mode in the subroutine
, which selects the highest possible resolution for the current video driver:
SUBROUTINE graphicsmode( ) USE IFQWIN LOGICAL modestatus INTEGER(2) maxx, maxy TYPE (windowconfig) myscreen COMMON maxx, maxy ! Set highest resolution graphics mode. myscreen.numxpixels=-1 myscreen.numypixels=-1 myscreen.numtextcols=-1 myscreen.numtextrows=-1 myscreen.numcolors=-1 myscreen.fontsize=-1 myscreen.title = " "C ! blank modestatus=SETWINDOWCONFIG(myscreen) ! Determine the maximum dimensions. modestatus=GETWINDOWCONFIG(myscreen) maxx=myscreen.numxpixels - 1 maxy=myscreen.numypixels - 1 END SUBROUTINE
Pixel coordinates start at zero, so, for example, a screen with a resolution of 640 horizontal pixels has a maximum x-coordinate of 639. Thus, maxx (the highest available x-pixel coordinate) must be 1 less than the total number of pixels. The same applies to maxy.
To remain independent of the video mode set by
, two short functions convert an arbitrary screen size of 1000x1000 pixels to whatever video mode is in effect. From now on, the program assumes it has 1000 pixels in each direction. To draw the points on the screen,
map each point to their physical (pixel) coordinates:
! NEWX - This function finds new x-coordinates. INTEGER(2) FUNCTION newx( xcoord ) INTEGER(2) xcoord, maxx, maxy REAL(4) tempx COMMON maxx, maxy tempx = maxx / 1000.0 tempx = xcoord * tempx + 0.5 newx = tempx END FUNCTION ! NEWY - This function finds new y-coordinates. ! INTEGER(2) FUNCTION newy( ycoord ) INTEGER(2) ycoord, maxx, maxy REAL(4) tempy COMMON maxx, maxy tempy = maxy / 1000.0 tempy = ycoord * tempy + 0.5 newy = tempy END FUNCTION
You can set up a similar independent coordinate system with
window coordinates
, described in Understanding Coordinate Systems Overview.

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