media/libpng/README
author Lee Salzman <lsalzman@mozilla.com>
Sat, 28 Jan 2023 11:24:54 +0000
changeset 650885 f4f63f0138feb7535fa58c3f77fd8a51361371d8
parent 643327 a5be9935747857b3e18f4ca2bdea4e94c7bb97b2
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Bug 1812970 - Avoid using Skia's deprecated clip ops. r=jrmuizel Skia upstream removed deprecated clip ops that could be used to replace the clipping stack and bypass clips. We shouldn't really need to do this anymore, as we can work around it just using public APIs. The only SkCanvas operation that allows us to bypass clipping is writePixels, which still allows us to implement CopySurface/putImageData. Other instances where we were using the replace op for DrawTargetWebgl layering support can just be worked around by creating a separate DrawTargetSkia pointing to the same pixel data, but on which no clipping or transforms are applied so that we can freely do drawing operations on it to the base layer pixel data regardless of any user-applied clipping. Differential Revision: https://phabricator.services.mozilla.com/D168039

README for libpng version 1.6.39
================================

See the note about version numbers near the top of png.h.
See INSTALL for instructions on how to install libpng.

Libpng comes in several distribution formats.  Get libpng-*.tar.gz or
libpng-*.tar.xz if you want UNIX-style line endings in the text files,
or lpng*.7z or lpng*.zip if you want DOS-style line endings.

Version 0.89 was the first official release of libpng.  Don't let the
fact that it's the first release fool you.  The libpng library has been
in extensive use and testing since mid-1995.  By late 1997 it had
finally gotten to the stage where there hadn't been significant
changes to the API in some time, and people have a bad feeling about
libraries with versions < 1.0.  Version 1.0.0 was released in
March 1998.

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Note that some of the changes to the png_info structure render this
version of the library binary incompatible with libpng-0.89 or
earlier versions if you are using a shared library.  The type of the
"filler" parameter for png_set_filler() has changed from png_byte to
png_uint_32, which will affect shared-library applications that use
this function.

To avoid problems with changes to the internals of the png info_struct,
new APIs have been made available in 0.95 to avoid direct application
access to info_ptr.  These functions are the png_set_<chunk> and
png_get_<chunk> functions.  These functions should be used when
accessing/storing the info_struct data, rather than manipulating it
directly, to avoid such problems in the future.

It is important to note that the APIs did not make current programs
that access the info struct directly incompatible with the new
library, through libpng-1.2.x.  In libpng-1.4.x, which was meant to
be a transitional release, members of the png_struct and the
info_struct can still be accessed, but the compiler will issue a
warning about deprecated usage.  Since libpng-1.5.0, direct access
to these structs is not allowed, and the definitions of the structs
reside in private pngstruct.h and pnginfo.h header files that are not
accessible to applications.  It is strongly suggested that new
programs use the new APIs (as shown in example.c and pngtest.c), and
older programs be converted to the new format, to facilitate upgrades
in the future.
****

Additions since 0.90 include the ability to compile libpng as a
Windows DLL, and new APIs for accessing data in the info struct.
Experimental functions include the ability to set weighting and cost
factors for row filter selection, direct reads of integers from buffers
on big-endian processors that support misaligned data access, faster
methods of doing alpha composition, and more accurate 16->8 bit color
conversion.

The additions since 0.89 include the ability to read from a PNG stream
which has had some (or all) of the signature bytes read by the calling
application.  This also allows the reading of embedded PNG streams that
do not have the PNG file signature.  As well, it is now possible to set
the library action on the detection of chunk CRC errors.  It is possible
to set different actions based on whether the CRC error occurred in a
critical or an ancillary chunk.

For a detailed description on using libpng, read libpng-manual.txt.
For examples of libpng in a program, see example.c and pngtest.c.  For
usage information and restrictions (what little they are) on libpng,
see png.h.  For a description on using zlib (the compression library
used by libpng) and zlib's restrictions, see zlib.h

I have included a general makefile, as well as several machine and
compiler specific ones, but you may have to modify one for your own
needs.

You should use zlib 1.0.4 or later to run this, but it MAY work with
versions as old as zlib 0.95.  Even so, there are bugs in older zlib
versions which can cause the output of invalid compression streams for
some images.

You should also note that zlib is a compression library that is useful
for more things than just PNG files.  You can use zlib as a drop-in
replacement for fread() and fwrite(), if you are so inclined.

zlib should be available at the same place that libpng is, or at
https://zlib.net.

You may also want a copy of the PNG specification.  It is available
as an RFC, a W3C Recommendation, and an ISO/IEC Standard.  You can find
these at http://www.libpng.org/pub/png/pngdocs.html .

This code is currently being archived at libpng.sourceforge.io in the
[DOWNLOAD] area, and at http://libpng.download/src .

This release, based in a large way on Glenn's, Guy's and Andreas'
earlier work, was created and will be supported by myself and the PNG
development group.

Send comments/corrections/commendations to png-mng-implement at
lists.sourceforge.net (subscription required; visit
https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/png-mng-implement
to subscribe).

Send general questions about the PNG specification to png-mng-misc
at lists.sourceforge.net (subscription required; visit
https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/png-mng-misc to
subscribe).

Files in this distribution:

    ANNOUNCE      =>  Announcement of this version, with recent changes
    AUTHORS       =>  List of contributing authors
    CHANGES       =>  Description of changes between libpng versions
    INSTALL       =>  Instructions to install libpng
    LICENSE       =>  License to use and redistribute libpng
    README        =>  This file
    TODO          =>  Things not implemented in the current library
    TRADEMARK     =>  Trademark information
    example.c     =>  Example code for using libpng functions
    libpng.3      =>  Manual page for libpng (includes libpng-manual.txt)
    libpng-manual.txt  =>  Description of libpng and its functions
    libpngpf.3    =>  Manual page for libpng's private functions (deprecated)
    png.5         =>  Manual page for the PNG format
    png.c         =>  Basic interface functions common to library
    png.h         =>  Library function and interface declarations (public)
    pngpriv.h     =>  Library function and interface declarations (private)
    pngconf.h     =>  System specific library configuration (public)
    pngstruct.h   =>  png_struct declaration (private)
    pnginfo.h     =>  png_info struct declaration (private)
    pngdebug.h    =>  debugging macros (private)
    pngerror.c    =>  Error/warning message I/O functions
    pngget.c      =>  Functions for retrieving info from struct
    pngmem.c      =>  Memory handling functions
    pngbar.png    =>  PNG logo, 88x31
    pngnow.png    =>  PNG logo, 98x31
    pngpread.c    =>  Progressive reading functions
    pngread.c     =>  Read data/helper high-level functions
    pngrio.c      =>  Lowest-level data read I/O functions
    pngrtran.c    =>  Read data transformation functions
    pngrutil.c    =>  Read data utility functions
    pngset.c      =>  Functions for storing data into the info_struct
    pngtest.c     =>  Library test program
    pngtest.png   =>  Library test sample image
    pngtrans.c    =>  Common data transformation functions
    pngwio.c      =>  Lowest-level write I/O functions
    pngwrite.c    =>  High-level write functions
    pngwtran.c    =>  Write data transformations
    pngwutil.c    =>  Write utility functions
    arm/          =>  Optimized code for the ARM platform
    intel/        =>  Optimized code for the INTEL-SSE2 platform
    mips/         =>  Optimized code for the MIPS platform
    powerpc/      =>  Optimized code for the PowerPC platform
    ci/           =>  Scripts for continuous integration
    contrib/      =>  External contributions
        arm-neon/     =>  Optimized code for the ARM-NEON platform
        mips-msa/     =>  Optimized code for the MIPS-MSA platform
        powerpc-vsx/  =>  Optimized code for the POWERPC-VSX platform
        examples/     =>  Example programs
        gregbook/     =>  Source code for PNG reading and writing, from
                          "PNG: The Definitive Guide" by Greg Roelofs,
                          O'Reilly, 1999
        libtests/     =>  Test programs
        oss-fuzz/     =>  Files used by the OSS-Fuzz project for fuzz-testing
                          libpng
        pngminim/     =>  Minimal decoder, encoder, and progressive decoder
                          programs demonstrating the use of pngusr.dfa
        pngminus/     =>  Simple pnm2png and png2pnm programs
        pngsuite/     =>  Test images
        testpngs/     =>  Test images
        tools/        =>  Various tools
        visupng/      =>  VisualPng, a Windows viewer for PNG images
    projects/     =>  Project files and workspaces for various IDEs
        owatcom/      =>  OpenWatcom project
        visualc71/    =>  Microsoft Visual C++ 7.1 workspace
        vstudio/      =>  Microsoft Visual Studio workspace
    scripts/      =>  Scripts and makefiles for building libpng
                      (see scripts/README.txt for the complete list)
    tests/        =>  Test scripts

Good luck, and happy coding!

 * Cosmin Truta (current maintainer, since 2018)
 * Glenn Randers-Pehrson (former maintainer, 1998-2018)
 * Andreas Eric Dilger (former maintainer, 1996-1997)
 * Guy Eric Schalnat (original author and former maintainer, 1995-1996)
   (formerly of Group 42, Inc.)