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Vertex shader output - cumulative questions!

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I want to use several different pixel shaders with several different vertex shaders in any combination. D3D11 seems to complain if the linkage doesn't match up perfectly, so to solve this I created the requirement that every vertex shader must use this and only this


[code]struct VSCommonOut
{     float4 Position : SV_POSITION;     float2 TexCoord : TEXCOORD0;     float3 Normal : TEXCOORD1;     float3 WorldPos : TEXCOORD2;     float4 DiffuseColor : COLOR0;


as output, and every pixel shader must use this and only this as input. However I have a series of questions!


1. Will unwritten outputs be removed by the compiler as an optimization?

3. If so can I prevent this by writing dummy outputs (eg just 0 for unused texcoords and 1 for unused colors?)

4. If I do that, there might be several unnecessary outputs going to the pixel shader (eg texcoord and color going to a write-shadow-depth pixel shader), would that damage performance?


NB-1. Targeting vs_4_0_level_9_3

NB-2. Assume that the HLSL compiler I am using is the latest one, ie I downloaded the windows8 kit last week when I upgraded to 8


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1) unwritten outputs should be a warning/error (uninitialized variable used).
3) yes, writing default values should make the warning/error go away.
4) yes, every member of that structure will take, for example, 1 cycle per pixel to be interpolated, regardless of whether the pixel shader actually reads it or not.
[edit]damn, ninja'ed!

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