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Chapter 2. OVERVIEW OF WEB3D > Web3D: A New Generation of 3D

Web3D: A New Generation of 3D

Web3D ushers in a new generation of bandwidth-efficient 3D content that can be delivered to diverse computing platforms over the Internet. Today's Web3D technologies give developers the ability to create interactive Internet 3D content that can be run on a number of different platforms without regard for the low-level plumbing that actually renders the final results experienced by the end user.

In the past, 3D developers had to immerse themselves in low-level 3D graphics Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) such as OpenGL and Direct3D. Today, however, compelling, interactive 3D content can be created using high-level Web3D languages and APIs that effectively shield developers from the gory details of the platform (such as rendering engines, frame buffers, device drivers, video displays, and accelerator boards).


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