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Representing reality

Many of the kinds of drawing described above represent reality in some way. However, a separate category can be usefully drawn for the more elaborate task of drafting. It includes engineering drawing and architectural drawing. The distinguishing characteristic is that, although diagrammatic, there is a direct correspondence between elements on the page and physical reality. Distance on the page corresponds to distance in space.

Any attempt to develop a package that can handle drawings of this complexity must be considered a long-term project. Nevertheless, the Adage system is designed with this future potential in mind. In the shorter term, the project does aim to provide libraries for simple drafting.

Alex Stark 2003-12-27