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WPF FAQ / graphics stack overview

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    Pablo Fernicola has an interesting post on Windows Presentation Foundation graphics stack...


    There are two versions of Direct3D in Windows Vista, Direct3D v9 and Direct3D v10. WPF relies on Direct3D 9, and support for Direct3D 9 (and LDDM drivers) is part of the hardware logo requirements for Windows Vista, which ensures that applications and content developers can rely on Direct3D 9 as the baseline in terms of graphics capabilities (note that there are no Direct3D or graphics requirements for Longhorn Server). WPF builds several services on top of Direct3D, such as 2D primitives support and the text stack. Direct3D 10 relies on the Longhorn Display Driver Model, and as such will only be available on Windows Vista.

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