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EVI (Extended Visual Information extension) allows a client to determine information about core X visuals beyond what the core protocol provides.
As the X Window System has evolved, it has become clear that the information returned by the core X protocol regarding Visuals is often insufficient for a client to determine which is the most appropriate visual for its needs. This extension allows clients to query the X server for additional visual information, specifically as regards colormaps and framebuffer levels.
This extension is meant to address the needs of pure X clients only. It is specifically and purposefully not designed to address the needs of X extensions. Extensions that have an impact on visual information should provide their own mechanisms for delivering that information. For example, the Double Buffering Extension (DBE) provides its own mechanism for determining which visuals support double-buffering.
If supplied, the client_major_version and client_minor_version indicate what version of the protocol the client wants the server to implement. The server version numbers returned indicate the protocol this extension actually supports. This might not equal the version sent by the client. An implementation can (but need not) support more than one version simultaneously. The server_major_version and the server_minor_version are a mechanism to support future revisions of the EVI protocol that may be necessary. In general, the major version would increment for incompatible changes, and the minor version would increment for small upward-compatible changes. Servers that support the protocol defined in this document will return a server_major_version of one (1), and a server_minor_version of zero (0).
|VISUALINFO: [core_visual_id: VISUALID|
level is 0 for normal planes, > 0 for overlays, < 0 for underlays.
transparency_type is 0 for none, 1 for transparent pixel, 2 for transparent mask.
transparency_value: value to get transparent pixel if transparency supported.
min_hw_colormaps: minimum number of hardware colormaps backing up the visual.
max_hw_colormaps: maximum number of hardware colormaps backing up the visual.
(architectures with static colormap allocation/reallocation would have min = max)
num_colormap_conflicts: number of elements in colormap_conflicts.
colormap_conflicts: list of visuals that may conflict with this one. For example, if a 12-bit colormap is overloaded to support 8-bit visuals, the 8-bit visuals would conflict with the 12-bit visuals.
The name of this extension is "Extended-Visual-Information".
The conventions used here are the same as those for the core X11 Protocol Encoding.
GetVersion1 CARD8 opcode 1 0 EVI opcode 2 2 request length 2 CARD16 client_major_version 2 CARD16 client_minor_version => 1 1 reply 1 unused 2 CARD16 sequence number 4 0 length 2 CARD16 server_major_version 2 CARD16 server_minor_version 20 unused
GetVisualInfo1 CARD8 opcode 1 1 EVI opcode 2 2+n request length 4 CARD32 n_visual 4n CARD32 visual_ids => 1 1 reply 1 unused 2 CARD16 sequence number 4 n length 4 CARD32 n_info 4 CARD32 n_conflicts 16 unused 16n LISTofVISUALINFO items
VISUALINFO 4 VisualID core_visual_id 1 INT8 screen 1 INT8 level 1 CARD8 transparency_type 1 CARD8 unused 4 CARD32 transparency_value 1 CARD8 min_hw_colormaps 1 CARD8 max_hw_colormaps 2 CARD16 num_colormap_conflicts
The C functions provide direct access to the protocol and add no additional semantics. For complete details on the effects of these functions, refer to the appropriate protocol request, which can be derived by deleting Xevi at the start of the function. All functions that have return type Status will return nonzero for success and zero for failure.
The include file for this extension is:
Bool XeviQueryVersion(Display *display, int *major_version_return, int *minor_version_return
Specifies the connection to the X server.
Returns the major version supported by the server.
Returns the minor version supported by the server.
XeviQueryVersion sets major_version_return and minor_version_return to the major and minor EVI protocol version supported by the server. If the EVI library is compatible with the version returned by the server, it returns nonzero. If dpy does not support the EVI extension, or if there was an error during communication with the server, or if the server and library protocol versions are incompatible, it returns zero. No other Xevi functions may be called before this function. If a client violates this rule, the effects of all subsequent Xevi calls that it makes are undefined.
To get the extended information for any subset of visuals use XeviGetVisualInfo.
int XeviGetVisualInfo(Display *display, VisualID *visual, int n_visual, ExtendedVisualInfo **evi_return, int *n_info_return
Specifies the connection to the X server.
If NULL, then information for all visuals of all screens is returned. Otherwise, a pointer to a list of visuals for which extended visual information is desired.
If 0, then information for all visuals of all screens is returned. Otherwise, the number of elements in the array visual.
Returns a pointer to a list of ExtendedVisualInfo. When done, the client should free the list using XFree.
Returns the number of elements in the list of ExtendedVisualInfo.
XeviGetVisualInfo returns a list of ExtendedVisualInfo structures that describe visual information beyond that supported by the core protocol. This includes layer information relevant for systems supporting overlays and/or underlay planes, and information that allows applications better to determine the level of hardware support for multiple colormaps. XeviGetVisualInfo returns Success if successful, or an X error otherwise.