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