1 About the FAQ

1.010 Introduction

The OpenGL Technical FAQ and Troubleshooting Guide will answer some basic technical questions and explain frequently misunderstood topics, features, and concepts.

All text, example code, and code snippets in this FAQ are in the public domain. The text, example code, and code snippets can be used and copied freely. Hyperlinks to text and example code not contained in this FAQ may or may not be public domain, and their usage may be restricted accordingly.  

1.020 How to contribute, and the contributors

This FAQ is maintained by Paul Martz (paul_martz@hp.com).

Contribute to the FAQ by contacting Paul Martz, the FAQ maintainer. Suggestions, topics, corrections, information, and pointers to information are welcome.

The following people have explicitly contributed written material to this FAQ: Brett Johnson, Paul Martz, Samuel Paik, and Thant Tessman.

Several people have unwittingly contributed information through conversations with the FAQ maintainer and/or their several informative postings to the comp.graphics.api.opengl newsgroup. A partial list includes: Darren Adams, Pierre Alliez, Brian Bailey, Steve Baker, Lars Blaabjerg, Jeff Burrell, Angus Dorbie, Bob Ellison, Glenn Forney, Ron Fosner, Phil Frisbie Jr, Michael I. Gold, Paul Groves, Charles E. Hardwidge, Chris Hecker, Scott Heiman, Helios, Blaine Hodge, Mark Kilgard, Michael Kurth, Bruce Lamming, Jon Leech, Mike Lischke, Ben Loftin, Jean-Luc Martinez, Steve McAndrewSmith, Phil McRevis, Reed Mideke, Teri Morrison, Duncan Murdoch, Joel Parris, Lev Povalahev, Stephane Routelous, Schneide, Shaleh, Dave Shreiner, Andrew F. Vesper, Jon White, and Lucian Wischik.

1.030 Download the entire FAQ as a Zip file

Download the entire FAQ in a single zip file (~125KB).

1.040 Change Log

Date Notes
June 6, 2000 Added a link to GLTT in question 17.030.
June 3, 2000 Updated with miscellaneous corrections and additional information.
May 30, 2000 Fixed HTML problems in index.htm, and sections 1 and 2.
May 29, 2000 Updated with miscellaneous corrections..
May 28, 2000 Version 1.0. Significant changes include a full technical edit for hyperlinks, notational conventions, grammar, and spelling. Filled in many holes. Corrected lots of incorrect information.
April 16, 2000 Beta version.
March 19, 2000 Updated with miscellaneous corrections, additions, and changes.
March 12, 2000 Alpha version.