Re: comments on Matrix

On Mar 21, 2013, at 11:52 AM, "Tab Atkins Jr." <> wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 11:47 AM, Rik Cabanier <> wrote:
>> On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 11:36 AM, James Robinson <> wrote:
>>> On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 11:33 AM, Rik Cabanier <> wrote:
>>>> I'll formally object to an exception being thrown here.
>>>> SVG matrix throws an exception and since this is a drop-in replacement,
>>>> Matrix needs to throw one too :-(
>>> This is a clear example of SVG making a (bad) mistake that we should not
>>> inflict on the rest of the web platform.
>> Are you objecting to any exceptions being thrown?
>> There are exceptions in all authors facing APIs.
> No, he objects for the same reason I am - a matrix being singular is
> not a particularly exceptional situation

A singular matrix does not mean the same as NaN and Inf values in the matrix.

However, you need to take a look when you use inverse() for transformation matrices (again, that is the focus here). They are used to transform between coordinate spaces. And then a returning singular matrix does not make sense.


> , and whether an
> implementation considers a matrix singular will depend in some cases
> on the exact algorithm and FP implementation being used.  This is,
> thus, a *terrible* example of a place to throw an exception, as
> authors won't expect it, and it'll vary between platforms for no
> important reason.
> ~TJ

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