Chapter 6

Graphics and Architecture

Graphics Overview

Graphics functionality in its simplest definition is the visual display of information, new or previously obtained and displayed in the form of tables or lists, in a meaningful form to the observer. This form can vary from a simple two-dimensional line graph of sales against calendar months to a complex three-dimensional graphics representation of an object with multiple colors, shading, shadows, animation, and other esoteric ways of observing data and information. It depends on the business or aesthetic purpose of the display.

The speed of manipulation and display of such data will depend on the complexity of its representation and the speed of the hardware and software delivering it. It ...

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