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   VRML 1.0 and the HTML Killers

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Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:

> VRML 1.0 wasn't an ISO standard.

Did any of the later (i.e. ISO) versions of VRML have any serious impact on 
the Web or the tech world in general?  I remember the 3D-on-the-Web thing 
flaring up and then quickly fizzling out in the mid-to-late 1990s.  VRML 1.0 
is still around as a platform-neutral exchange format -- the 3D modelling 
tool's equivalent of Rich Text Format -- so it's fair to argue that that 
version did have a small-but-measurable impact.

I'll be happy to be shown to be wrong.  I love 3D modelling, and I liked the 
idea of publishing 3D models on the Web in an open format -- if there's a 
lot of action out there that I'm missing, I'll be grateful for pointers.

Also, I should note, to be fair, that XML-on-the-Web idea fizzled just as 
fast as 3D-on-the-Web did.  All of the supposed client-side HTML killers[*] 
in the late 1990's either died quickly (VRML, XML, ActiveX controls), are on 
life support (Java applets), or have found niches and learned to cohabitate 
peacefully (Flash, JavaScript, PDF).

All the best,


[*] On the public Web client, that is; obviously, some of these have 
vigorous existances elsewhere, and others survive inside corporate firewalls.


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