Syntax FILL [#channel,] boolean
Location QL ROM

This command switches Fill mode on and off. If the Fill mode is on (after FILL 1), all points in the given window channel (default #1) that have the same vertical co-ordinate are connected by a line in the current ink colour so that only non re-entrant figures can be filled correctly. This means that figures must only contain two points on each horizontal row of pixels. The fill mode is de-activated by FILL 0.

Example 1

FILL 1: POINT 20,20,40,20: FILL 0

draws a horizontal line from 20,20 to 40,20.

Example 2

100 DEFine PROCedure SQUARE (x,y,size,angle)
110   LOCal n: POINT x,y
120   TURNTO angle: PENDOWN: FILL 1
130   FOR n=1 TO 4: MOVE size: TURN 270
140   PENUP: FILL 0


FILL only affects those graphic commands which use relative co-ordinates, ie. which are influenced by SCALE. Commands which operate in absolute window or screen co-ordinates will not invoke filling.


On non-Minerva ROMs, 1K of memory may be lost if you do not issue a FILL 0 before closing a window. This is however fixed by v1.38 (or later) of the Pointer Interface (although earlier versions will re-introduce it to Minerva!).


When drawing several shapes, all of which are to be filled, ensure that you issue a FILL 0 between each shape, otherwise they will be joined together if any points appear on the same horizontal line!


FILL works by setting aside a buffer of approximately 1K. Whenever a point is then plotted in the given window, FILL looks at the buffer to see if anything appears to the left of that point on the same horizontal line (in which case, it fills the line between the two points), otherwise, FILL will just note the co-ordinate of the point in its buffer.

FILL then checks if anything appears to the right of the given point, and if so, will fill the line between the two points. Again, the co-ordinate of the point will be stored if nothing appears to the right of it.

This should explain quite a few of FILL’s quirks. Whenever a new FILL command is used on that window, the old buffer is lost, meaning that FILL will forget about any points previously plotted.

Unfortunately, the interaction of this buffer causes a lot of problems (and prevents re-entrant shapes), especially in view of the fact that only FILL or CLOSE will clear the buffer. The buffer is not cleared once a shape has been completely filled (eg. with CIRCLE), nor even when the screen is cleared with CLS. Try this for example:

100 INK 7:FILL 1
110 CIRCLE 50,50,20
130 CLS
135 INK 2
140 CIRCLE 70,60,20


If OVER -1 is switched on, the same line of an image may be FILLed twice causing that line to be left empty, unless you start drawing the image from either the top or the bottom. You may also encounter problems if you try to draw a line which has already been completed by FILL - for example try:

100 OVER -1: FILL 1
110 LINE 50,50 TO 60,60 TO 70,50 TO 50,50

The FILL command will complete the triangle as soon as the line between the points (60,60) and (70,50) has been drawn, therefore this should be re-written:

100 OVER -1:FILL 1
110 LINE 50,50 TO 60,60 TO 70,50

On Minerva v1.97 and SMSQ/E, matters are further complicated - the first example draws a complete triangle, whereas the second one doesn’t!


If OVER -1 is switched on, a shape which is drawn as FILLed will not be wiped out by re-drawing the same shape again, unless you do a FILL 1 before re-drawing the shape. For example, try this:

100 OVER -1:FILL 1:CIRCLE 50,50,20
110 PAUSE: CIRCLE 50,50,20

The answer is to insert a line:

105 FILL 1


On Minvera pre v1.86 FILL 0 when fill was not actually switched on would stop SuperBASIC!!


The paint colour of FILL is specified by INK.