[sldev] Google Summer of Code 2008 update

Argent Stonecutter secret.argent at gmail.com
Thu May 1 20:07:46 PDT 2008

On 2008-05-01, at 13:20, Eric M. Tulla (BigPapi Linden) wrote:
> Argent Stonecutter wrote:
>> Not trying to create shadows, just to get rid of the excessive  
>> directional lighting from the sun when you're "inside". If the sun  
>> isn't visible to the avatar, you could assume you're "inside" and  
>> fall back to primarily ambient lighting.

> There is no good way to do that as a half measure.  If you don't
> calculate shadowing in general, you would get horrible flickering  
> of the
> entire scene any time *anything* gets between your avatar and the sun,
> such as a lamp post or a tree.

That's an obvious problem, with an obvious solution, which is to base  
the "indoors" versus "outdoors" view on a tunable "X% of the sky  
within Y% of the sun is hidden". This has already been discussed in  
the Jira.

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