Friday, November 26, 2004



I came across a reference to the new X3D standard, which has recently gotten ISO endorsement. I'm having trouble finding any plain English description of it. It would seem to be a 3D equivalent of SVG, an XML-based description of 3D content that extends VRML. What's possibly exciting, if I'm understanding this correctly, is that it could pave the way for more immersive applications on the web in ways VRML or proprietary formats (Shockwave) did not. Because the format is interoperable, things like CAD files can be accessed and manipulated by people other than the authors of the file, and possibly reused for other purposes. It could be the equivalent of digital music sampling.

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