Saturday, April 10, 2010

Google, Mozilla team up for a 3D Web

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 Two related projects from Mozilla and Google, each with the similar goal of bringing hardware-accelerated 3D graphics to the Web, appear to be joining forces after a change in Google tactics.    The two projects emerged at nearly the same time in 2009: the O3D browser plug-in from Google and the proposed WebGL standard from Mozilla and the Khronos Group, which standardizes the OpenGL graphics interface on which WebGL is based. O3D is a higher-level technology, whereas WebGL is more concerned with the nuts and bolts of 3D graphics.     This partnership could help bring the promise of 3D graphics on the Web closer to practical reality--something browsers are more likely to support and programmers are more likely to use in situations such as games or more sophisticated applications.
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April 10, 2010
Google trying anew for a 3D Web

Two related projects from Mozilla and Google, each with the similar goal of bringing hardware-accelerated 3D graphics to the Web, appear to be joining forces after a change in Google tactics.

The two projects emerged at nearly the same time in 2009: the O3D browser plug-in from Google and the proposed WebGL standard from Mozilla and the Khronos Group, which standardizes the OpenGL graphics interface on which WebGL is based. O3D is a higher-level technology, whereas WebGL is more concerned with the nuts and bolts of 3D graphics.

This partnership could help bring the promise of 3D graphics on the Web closer to practical reality--something browsers are more likely to support and programmers are more likely to use in situations such as games or more sophisticated applications.


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