# OpenGL.GL.ARB.point_parameters

OpenGL extension ARB.point_parameters

This module customises the behaviour of the
OpenGL.raw.GL.ARB.point_parameters to provide a more
Python-friendly API

Overview (from the spec)

This extension supports additional geometric characteristics of
points. It can be used to render particles or tiny light sources,
commonly referred to as "Light points".

The raster brightness of a point is a function of the point area,
point color, point transparency, and the response of the display's
electron gun and phosphor. The point area and the point transparency
are derived from the point size, currently provided with the <size>
parameter of glPointSize.

The primary motivation is to allow the size of a point to be
affected by distance attenuation. When distance attenuation has an
effect, the final point size decreases as the distance of the point
from the eye increases.

The secondary motivation is a mean to control the mapping from the
point size to the raster point area and point transparency. This is
done in order to increase the dynamic range of the raster brightness
of points. In other words, the alpha component of a point may be
decreased (and its transparency increased) as its area shrinks below
a defined threshold.

This extension defines a derived point size to be closely related to
point brightness. The brightness of a point is given by:

1
dist_atten(d) = -------------------
a + b * d + c * d^2

brightness(Pe) = Brightness * dist_atten(|Pe|)

where 'Pe' is the point in eye coordinates, and 'Brightness' is some
initial value proportional to the square of the size provided with
PointSize. Here we simplify the raster brightness to be a function
of the rasterized point area and point transparency.

brightness(Pe) brightness(Pe) >= Threshold_Area
area(Pe) =
Threshold_Area Otherwise

factor(Pe) = brightness(Pe)/Threshold_Area

alpha(Pe) = Alpha * factor(Pe)

where 'Alpha' comes with the point color (possibly modified by
lighting).

'Threshold_Area' above is in area units. Thus, it is proportional to
the square of the threshold provided by the programmer through this
extension.

The new point size derivation method applies to all points, while
the threshold applies to multisample points only.

The official definition of this extension is available here:
http://www.opengl.org/registry/specs/ARB/point_parameters.txt

## Functions

## Constants

GL_POINT_DISTANCE_ATTENUATION_ARB (33065)

GL_POINT_FADE_THRESHOLD_SIZE_ARB (33064)

GL_POINT_SIZE_MAX_ARB (33063)

GL_POINT_SIZE_MIN_ARB (33062)