RE: Tim Bray on "Which Technologies Matter?"
X3D may be a good alternative if implemented and supported well. Blaxxun (a VRML97 company) has filed for 'insolvency' in Germany. The ParallelGraphics product, Cortona, is still alive. Some are suggesting that Adobe Atmosphere will now be the preferred 3D product, proprietary format and all. If you really need a robust API with multiuser and internet in mind, and you prefer an XML format with DOM support, you will want to support X3D. It will be the ISO standard if such things matter to you. The liaisons with W3C have ensured compatibility but, in my opinion, at a high cost to getting the specification done on schedule. Real-time 3D severely strains a lot commonly accepted MLisms with regards to the common DOM. Real-time 3D is an industry still struggling to get out of the emergence phase. If it all defaults to Adobe, I expect the same games of proprietary open standards (yes that is a real category) and patent encumbrances. BTW: VRML may not "matter" but it is the only 3D open and unencumbered standard on the Internet, and is widely used for interesting applications. That did not matter to companies like anartica.ca which chose to rely on non-XML specifications for 3D. len -----Original Message----- From: Atchley, John [mailto:John.Atchley@f...] I envision "Flash 22" as being able to play three-D movies directly in the user's mind without special hardware -- but still having no means of detecting text entry other than highly inefficient and multi-tasking-unfriendly continuous polling...
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