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New fork from BMP file format[edit]

This fork is about the generic bitmap concept, organization thereof, file formats for, etc.

The BMP file format article is the moved version of what was briefly at bitmap, now partially restored to its former narrow focus on that file format.

The raster graphics article overlaps this one a lot. I think it should expand to give an overview of raster computer graphics techniques such as line-drawing and 3D rendering, while the present article focuses on low-level organization and storage of bitmaps, and maybe a bit on bitmaps in displays and printers.

Speak up if you have a better idea... Dicklyon 19:04, 22 September 2007 (UTC)

relation to Image file formats[edit]

Should some of the information in Image file formats perhaps be merged into here (or vice versa)? --jacobolus (t) 02:57, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

Like which parts? I'm unclear what you have in mind. This is article is not about file formats, and the one on file formats is mostly about formats for recording these things. Seems to me that things are split up about right, but I'm listening for better ideas. Dicklyon 03:09, 24 September 2007 (UTC)
WP:SOFIXIT --Kubanczyk 07:46, 24 September 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, I don't know… that's why I asked. I don't think they're badly split up necessarily. Just the lead section lists off some formats, which might suggest they'll be described in the article, but as I said, I really don't know. I suppose it depends a bit on how deep/technical this article becomes. At some point it might be nice to use some of those formats as examples of different bit packing schemes. --jacobolus (t) 12:25, 25 September 2007 (UTC)
If it was a question, my answer is: this bitmap article should not be merged with any "file format", because subject is different. Also, do not duplicate information too much in overlapping articles. It makes some people crazy. Here, essence is a dictionary definition + disambiguation. "Storing pixels in such-and-such array of bytes" is not a rocket science, right? --Kubanczyk 13:16, 25 September 2007 (UTC)
I certainly was not suggesting they be merged. And okay. :) --jacobolus (t) 21:11, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

A completely unrelated point: should it be mentioned that bitmaps can also be stored using floats or doubles per-channel per-pixel? OS X 10.4 for instance has some nifty APIs for dealing with floating point bitmaps, and I'm not really sure, but I think some graphics hardware might also use floating point bitmaps (mb one of you know?). --jacobolus (t) 12:25, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

WP:SOFIXIT again :) It does not matter if me and you don't know much about floating point bitmaps. Mention it and provide a reliable source, why not? It will catch an eye of a future visitor who will explain/expand/remove. This visitor will not come to this talk page. --Kubanczyk 13:16, 25 September 2007 (UTC)
Yes, definitely needed. Feel free to start. Here is a source to start with. Dicklyon 15:14, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

Old page history[edit]

I've moved some old page history formerly in this article to Talk:Bitmap/Page history. It contains content that was merged to other articles so it needs to be preserved. Graham87 09:18, 31 July 2008 (UTC)

What concept is the article about?[edit]

Really, what property is crucial to so named “bitmap”? 1 bit per pixel? But there is the article binary image. The concept of coding pixels by equal chunks of information? But there is the article raster graphics. The use of the word in some brands of raster file formats? But there is Bitmap (disambiguation).

Now I consider this article an article about the word, not the notion. I dropped some interwikis until we reached some clarification. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 21:05, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

What is bitmap i really dont get it!!!!


Monochrome Bitmap is a trivial unreferenced stub that ought to be merged here. Could we get a 2/3 majority vote of at least 127 editors, each with at least 50 but not more than 5000 edits in the preceding 365 calendar days (holidays and Jimbo's birthday excepted)? We can then have the motion to merge these two articles added to the agenda for the next edtorial committee meeting. --Wtshymanski (talk) 20:38, 28 October 2012 (UTC)

Just do it. Dicklyon (talk) 21:23, 28 October 2012 (UTC)