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20.1 How OpenGL Extensions are Documented

An OpenGL extension is defined by its specification. These specifications are typically written as standard ASCII text files. OpenGL extension specifications are written by and for OpenGL implementors. A well-written OpenGL specification is documented to the level of detail needed for a hardware designer and/or OpenGL library engineer to implement unambiguously the extension. This means that OpenGL application programmers should not expect an extension's specification to justify fully why the functionality exists or explain how an OpenGL application would go about using the functionality. An OpenGL extension specification is not a tutorial on how to use the particular extension. Still, being able to read and understand an OpenGL extension specification helps you, the application programmer, fully understand an OpenGL extension's functionality.

David Blythe