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Subject: Re: [boost] [gil::io] Feedback for scanline_read_iterator
From: Mateusz Loskot (mateusz_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-02-24 20:17:38

On 24 February 2013 21:07, Christian Henning <chhenning_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>>> Skipping can be different for different formats. jpeg for instance
>>> still reads the scanline when skipping. For now, I think, we are good.
>> Sure that makes sense, but the interface lies IMO. If I have jpeg and I call
>> skip( buffer, 0 ) it's not going to be skipping over scanline 0 (unless it
>> happens to be the first call to read/skip), it's just skipping forward one
>> scanline, the second parameter is unused.
>> Similarly the TIFF reader seems to read skipped scanlines unnecessarily as skip
>> forwards to read but the TIFF interface supports reading any scanline you want
>> directly with TIFFReadScanline.
> As far as I can tell tiff needs the row number to be read and also
> tiff rows cannot be read in random order.

It's not precise, because rows of some TIFFs can be accessed in random order.
The spec confirms that too:

"random access to individual scanlines can only be provided when data
is not stored in a compressed
format, or when the number of rows in a strip of image data is set to
one (RowsPerStrip is one)."

Best regards,

Mateusz Loskot,

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