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jaggies

/jag'eez/ n. The `stairstep' effect observable when an edge (esp. a linear edge of very shallow or steep slope) is rendered on a pixel device (as opposed to a vector display).
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/jag'eez/ (Or "staircase") The "staircase" effect observable when an edge (especially a linear edge of very shallow or steep slope) is rendered on a bitmap display (as opposed to a vector display). The effect is even more pronounced when a bitmap image or text in a bitmap font is enlarged. Outline fonts and anti-aliasing are two techniques used to solve this problem with text.
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(1997-12-01)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Smaller smoothness factors produce smoother ellipses, and larger values produce ellipses with more jaggies.
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