The displaying of SVG images and the rendering engine of Loose XAML use DirectX (Direct3D9).
However, the processing inside DirectX (Direct3D9) is carried out using a single-precision floating-point number. Therefore, there is a possibility of unexpected image to be drawn if you use a very large number that exceeds the limit of the processing.
For example, in Loose XAML, when you draw an arc that has a large radius, using the A command of the Path Markup, the starting point and the endpoint may not be drawn in the correct position depending on the value to be set.
When drawing an arc with an extremely large radius, you may not get the expected result because of such limitations, and the developers are encouraged to take alternative approaches such as replacing the arc with a line, if the resultant difference of such replacement can be ignored reasonably.
Below are the steps to reproduce the case of drawing an arc with a large radius using the A command of the Path Markup:
Save the code below in a text file with .xaml extension to create a loose XAML file.When you open this file using Internet Explorer 11, The WPF rendering engine draws the red arc and the blue line as shown in Figure 1.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Canvas Background="#fff" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation" xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml">
<TranslateTransform X="-26000" Y="-3000" />
<Path Stroke="#f00" StrokeThickness="1">
<PathGeometry Figures="M 26557.35, 3320.226 A 1703595, 1703595, 0, 0, 0, 26569.29, 3290.773" />
<Path Stroke="#00f" StrokeThickness="3">
<PathGeometry Figures="M 26557.35, 3320.226 L 26569.29, 3290.773" />
The code in line 10 specifies that a red arc be drawn from an absolute coordinate (26557.35, 3320.226), which is set by the M command of the Figures attribute within a Path Geometry element, to another absolute coordinate (26569.29, 3290.773), which is set by the A command using a radius of 1703595.
Meanwhile the code in line 15 draws a blue line from an absolute coordinate (26557.35, 3320.226), which is set by the M command, to another absolute coordinate (26569.29, 3290.773), which is set by the L command. Note that the arc is drawn with significantly misplaced endpoints, even though both the arc and the line use the same pair of starting and finishing points.
Figure 1: Endpoints of the red arc are significantly misplaced
This example is meant to connect two points that are 32 pixels apart using an arc with a 1.7 million pixel radius; which is not a meaningful approach because these two values are astronomically different. As shown in Figure 2, the maximum deviation of the arc (AM’B) from the line (AMB) is less than 0.0001 pixel (MM’), which would be small enough to be invisible even if those shapes were drawn with utmost mathematical precision. Therefore in situations like this, drawing a line between these two points would be a far more preferable approach because it would reduce the chance of hitting numeric limitations of internal processing.
Figure 2: Maximum deviation of the arc from the line