GSoC 2018: Overview

Introduction

Throughout the summer I was working on librsvg, a GNOME library for rendering SVG files to Cairo surfaces. This post is an overview of the work I did with relevant links.

My Results

For the project I was to port the SVG filter infrastructure of librsvg from C to Rust, adding all missing filter tests from the SVG test suite along the way. I was also expected to implement abstractions to make the filter implementation more convenient, including Rust iterators over the surface pixels.

Here’s a list of all merge requests accepted into librsvg as part of my GSoC project:

Here’s a convenient link to see all of these merge requests in GitLab: https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/librsvg/merge_requests?scope=all&utf8=%E2%9C%93&state=all&author_username=YaLTeR&label_name[]=GSoC%202018

All of this code was accepted into the mainline and will appear in the next stable release of librsvg.

I also wrote the following blog posts detailing some interesting things I worked on as part of the GSoC project:

Further Work

There are a couple of fixes which still need to be done for filters to be feature-complete:

  • Fixing filters operating on off-screen nodes. Currently all intermediate surfaces are limited to the original SVG view area so anything off-screen is inaccessible to filters even when it should be. This is blocked on some considerable refactoring in the main librsvg node drawing code which is currently underway.
  • Implementing the filterRes property. This property allows to set the pixel resolution for filter operations and is one of the ways of achieving more resolution-independent rendering results. While it can be implemented with the current code as is, it will be much more convenient to account for it while refactoring the code to fix the previous issue.
  • Implementing the enable-background property. The BackgroundImage filter input should adhere to this property when picking which nodes to include in the background image, whereas it currently doesn’t.
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