Phil Parkin (5/9/2013)
David Rueter (5/9/2013)
Not to belabor the point... but "generation and display of graphic output" sounds like it applies to a PDF...as well as JPG, PNG, HTML, etc. "Rendering" is not format-specific.
I'm sorry you object to the use of the word "rendering" to refer to combining textual + graphical elements and outputting them as a new graphical image...but I think I have used the word appropriately.
Not to nit-pick, but you say"...not to the generation of files". Nothing in this article has anything to do with files per-se...only a stream of "rendered" graphical data. (The sample test code does save this to a file for demonstration purposes, but otherwise files are not used.)
I'm not being testy, and this isn't a hill I'd want to die on...but I stand by my usage of the word.
Ah, me neither and I'm happy that you've been so constructive in your response. My sense of 'rendering' is that it must include the action of displaying - so, for example, a JPG is rendered only when it is displayed, not when it is created.
I'm going to have to go with Phil here. Rendering usually refers to the action of displaying something. PDF's are generated in your article.
That said, I think the technique you showed is quite valuable if one goes with eyes fully opened into it. Like with anything else, there are pros and cons, but this should definitely be one nice addition to the tool belt. Briefcasing it.