Scan Converting Concave Polygons


1. The scan line may intersect more than 2 times and therefore we must sort the x intersections

2. Vertices: we want to fill from 1 to 2 and from 3 to 4, so have vertex count as 2 intersections then each pair of lines is in polygon interior.

But what about this case ? An odd number of of intersections and not all pairs are in interior, e.g., (3 - 4).

Solution: generate 2 intersections only when at a local min or max, else generate only 1 intersection.

How to generate only 1 intersection at some vertices?

Case 1: Check to see if the y coordinate is monotonically decreasing, if yes, then increase y by 1.

Case 2: Check to see if the y coordinate is monotonically increasing, if yes, then decrease y by 1.

In both of the above cases, the vertices will still be plotted but will only be counted once.

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Last changed May 13, 1998, G. Scott Owen,