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Chapter 4. VRML OVERVIEW > From Moving Worlds to VRML 2.0

From Moving Worlds to VRML 2.0

Converting the Moving Worlds proposal into a VRML 2.0 specification took place in the open over the www-vrml mailing list. Led by SGI employees Rikk Carey, Gavin Bell, and Chris Marrin, it proved to be a massive effort. At the same time, discussions between the VAG and ISO/IEC continued, as standardization of VRML moved closer to reality. In June of 1996, Carey flew to Kyoto, Japan, to attend an ISO/IEC meeting on behalf of the VAG, during which the groups would formalize the steps necessary to standardize VRML 2.0.

During that meeting a formal Cooperative Agreement was drawn up to describe the process that the VAG and ISO/IEC would follow in transforming the forthcoming VRML 2.0 specification into an official international ISO/IEC standard. Both parties agreed that the VRML 2.0 specification would serve as the basis for ISO/IEC standardization, and that alterations to that specification would not be made unless absolutely necessary. It was also agreed upon that both groups would distribute the same common document at various stages of the standardization process, ensuring that the VRML and ISO/IEC communities would literally be on the "same page" as the specification and standard progressed. In addition, the groups agreed that the final VRML standard would be published on the Web in HTML format, something the ISO/IEC had never done with an international standard before.


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