This is OLD stuff, check the VRML 97 Spec !!
This is a mirrored page at
Tecfa of http://vrml.sgi.com/moving-worlds/ (Feb 10 97)
The Virtual Reality Modeling Language Specification
August 4, 1996
What is VRML?
VRML is an acronym for "Virtual Reality Modeling Language".
It is a file format for describing interactive 3D objects and
worlds to be experienced on the world wide web (similar to how HTML is
used to view text). The first release of The VRML 1.0 Specification
was created by Silicon Graphics, Inc. and based on the Open Inventor
file format. The second release of VRML adds significantly more
interactive capabilities. It was designed by the Silicon Graphics' VRML
1.0 team with contributions from Sony Research and Mitra. VRML 2.0 was
reviewed by the VRML moderated email discussion group (email@example.com), and later
adopted and endorsed by a plethora of companies and individuals. See
the San Diego Supercomputer Center's
VRML Repository or Silicon
Graphics' VRML site for more information.
What is Moving Worlds?
Moving Worlds is the name of Silicon Graphics' submission to the Request-for-Proposals for VRML
2.0. It was chosen by the VRML community as the working document for
VRML 2.0. It was created by Silicon Graphics, Inc. in collaboration
with Sony and Mitra. Many people in the VRML community were actively
involved with Moving Worlds and contributed numerous ideas,
reviews, and improvements.
What is the VRML
The VRML Specification is the technical document that precisely
describes the VRML file format. It is primarily intended for
implementors writing VRML browsers and authoring systems. It is also
intended for readers interested in learning the details about VRML.
Note however that many people (especially non-programmers) find the
VRML Specification inadequate as a starting point or primer. There are
a variety of excellent introductory books on VRML in bookstores.
How was Moving Worlds
chosen as the VRML 2.0 Specification?
The VRML Architecture Group (VAG)
put out a Request-for-Proposals
(RFP) in January 1996 for VRML 2.0. Six proposals were received and
then debated for about 2
months. Moving Worlds developed a strong consensus
and was eventually selected by the VRML community in a poll. The VAG
made it official on March 27th.
How can I start using
You must install a VRML 2.0 browser. The following VRML 2.0 Draft
browsers or toolkits are available:
DimensionX's Liquid Reality
Silicon Graphics' Cosmo Player for Windows95 browser
Diego Supercomputer Center's VRML Repository for more details on
available VRML browsers and tools.
Other stuff mirrored at Tecfa
The Virtual Reality Modeling Language specification was originally
developed by Silicon Graphics, Inc.
in collaboration with Sony
and Mitra. Many people in
the VRML community have been involved in the review and evolution of
the specification (see Credits). Moving
Worlds VRML 2.0 is a tribute to the successful collaboration of all of
the members of the VRML community. Gavin
Bell, Rikk Carey, and Chris Marrin have headed the effort
to produce the final specification.
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