RE: XML for 3D geometry and objects
I forgot to mention that Macromedia were part of the VML proposal, so I guess we'll see VML in their products too. I wonder what this'll mean for Shockwave & Flash. Irrespective of performance or quality, I don't see how SVG stands a chance against an MS/Macromedia alliance, they must control something like 80-90% of all the authoring tools. I guess we can also expect HP to use VML in their printers. Truetype was a combined HP/MS development as a response to Adobe's postscript. Are we going to see history repeat itself? Brandt Dainow bd@i... Internet Etc Ltd http://www.internet-etc.com >-----Original Message----- >From: Didier PH Martin [mailto:martind@n...] >Sent: Friday, January 21, 2000 4:16 AM >To: Brandt Dainow; xml-dev@i... >Subject: RE: XML for 3D geometry and objects > > >Hi Brandt > >Brandt said: >Maybe - Microsoft have standardized on (and deployed in >Office2000) VML. So >now we have VML versus SVG. SVG won't revolutionise anything >while 90% of >application users are running VML. > >I'm not qualified to take sides, but I don't think we need both. > >Didier replies: >So what is happening is that Microsoft supports VML in office >and that Adobe >will support SVG is most of their products. Moreover, they'll >provide a free >renderer (which is already quite fast even if it is an alpha >version). The >actual 2 D drawing capabilities of SVG are far more superior >to VML. There >will be an Adobe plug-in for illustrator that will generate >SVG files. This >plug-in is also in alpha tests. A very useful feature of the >Adobe browser >add-on is that you can manipulate the SVG elements with a DOM, >therefore you >can have interactivity in addition to rendition. This is not >the case with >VML which is quite passive. > >Stay tune for their beta release due, I guess for this summer. >or apply for >their early testing program and become an alpha tester. I can >tell you the >add-on is funny to play with. For instance, I have a map SVG >file and I can >add or suppress map information layers with check boxes. I >could do that >because of the SVG DOM. Because of the availability of a >_fast_ and _free_ >SVG renderer, the interest to provide drawings in this format >may increase. >By the way, the Adobe browser add-on works with both Mozilla >(or Netscape) >browser and IE. VML works only in IE. I made comparisons with >actual Java >applet based SVG renderers and I got a ratio of about 2 to 1 >and often even >more difference in speed with the Adobe plug-in. Also, I created forms >created from XML and transformed into SVG instead of HTML. And >believe me, >the results are surprising, you can now render nearly as seen on the >original paper form. Also, this is not the case with the >actual HTML forms. >Same thing for part catalogs, I could create an highly >interactive parts >catalog using SVG and the DOM. Again, the result is a lot superior to >WebCGM. Sorry, I can show my SVG stuff since you need the Adobe browser >add-on, only if you are near New-York, I'll show that at the WebNewYork >conference at the end of the month (ref: http://www.webfm.com) > >Cheers >Didier PH Martin >---------------------------------------------- >Email: martind@n... >Conferences: Web New York (http://www.mfweb.com) >Book to come soon: XML Pro published by Wrox Press >Products: http://www.netfolder.com > > xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ or CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 Unsubscribe by posting to majordom@i... the message unsubscribe xml-dev (or) unsubscribe xml-dev your-subscribed-email@your-subscribed-address Please note: New list subscriptions now closed in preparation for transfer to OASIS.
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