The goal is to implement a Matlab-compatible set of boolean operations and supporting function for acting on polygons. These include the standard set of potential operations such as union/OR, intersection/AND, difference/subtraction, and exclusiveor/XOR.
There is already an octave-forge package that implements a large part of this (the [http://octave.sourceforge.net/octclip/index.html octclip package]; however that does not do XOR; processing polygons with holes could be done better; and maintainability is hampered because all code comments etc. are in Spanish. Other than that, octclip performs fine.
There are a variety of existing polygon libraries that implement much of the functionality and thus this would be incorporating the library into GNU Octave. The libraries with acceptable licenses are [http://www.angusj.com/delphi/clipper.php ClipperLib], [http://www.boost.org/doc/libs/1_60_0/libs/polygon/doc/index.htm Boost::Polygon], [https://github.com/boostorg/geometry Boost::Geometry], or [http://boolean.klaasholwerda.nl/bool.html kbool]. This would include implementing the following functions: polybool, ispolycw, poly2ccw, poly2cw, poly2fv, polyjoin, and polysplit. A partial implementation with ClipperLib and GPC can be found [https://sites.google.com/site/ulfgri/numerical/polybool here].