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Acknowledgments

Core Web3D would not have been possible without many individual and group efforts. I would like to thank the entire Prentice Hall team that worked on this book. In particular, great thanks go to Tim Moore (the Prentice Hall VP who made this book possible by placing his bet on the Web3D horse early in the race); to Jim Markham (my development editor, who kept this title on track, as we galloped down the home stretch); to Ralph Moore (who took the reins as development editor when we first got out of the gate); and to Faye Gemmellaro (who rode every page that you now hold in your hands through the production process). And with special thanks to Barbara Mikolajczak, my coworker, who kept legal permissions in play while we ran the race. All Kentucky Derby analogies aside, I've enjoyed this ride thoroughly, and appreciate everyone taking it with me.

I would also like to thank my co-authors, who also took the ride and without whom Part 3 (Java 3D), Part 4 (MPEG-4/BIFS), and Part 5 (X3D) of this book would not have been possible. In this industry time is a precious resource, and each of these men carved out a substantial piece of their life to be involved with Core Web3D. Mikaël Bourges-Sévenier wrote the MPEG-4/BIFS part of this book solo, Bob Crispen and Len Bullard wrote the X3D material, and Bernie Roehl and Justin Couch wrote the bulk of the Java 3D material.

To our technical editors, Ken Martin, Doug Gehringer, and Bob Crispen (who wore two hats on this project), I would like to thank you all for not only reading early versions of our work, but for taking the time to give valuable feedback and suggestions along the way.

Finally, I would like to thank the entire Web3D community. Without you, there would be no such thing as Web3D, Core Web3D, or a Web3D Series. The writing I've done in 1999, and will do in 2000, is a result of your blood, sweat, and tears. In particular, I would like to thank several individuals who helped put Core Web3D to bed in one way or another, including Tim Berners-Lee, Dave Raggett, Mark Pesce, Tony Parisi, Don Brutzman, Dick Puk, Sandy Ressler, Gerardo Quintieri, Nicholas Quintieri, Holger Grahn, Eric Anschutz, Jim Stewartson, Steve Guynup, Bob Lipkin, and Dan Lipkin.

Aaron E. Walsh

I would like to thank all contributors to the MPEG-4 chapters for their pictures, their valuable comments and suggestions, their help, their support, and their patience: Peter van Beek, Riitta Väänänen, Jean-Claude Dufourd, Olivier Avaro, Touradj Ebrahimi, Eric Scheirer, Carsten Herpel, the MPEG-4 teams of iVast Inc., France Télécom Centre Commun d'Etudes de Télédiffusion et Télécommunications (CCETT), Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST), and Centro Studi e Laboratori Telecomunicazioni (CSELT). My deepest gratitude to Ganesh Rajan, Homer Chen, and Patrick Kelly, who suffered through discussions of earlier versions of these chapters and provided useful suggestions to improve them.

Mikaël Bourges-Sévenier

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