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Chapter 20. WHY X3D? > Science Marches On

Science Marches On

The plan after the VRML97 specification was released in December 1997 was to have 18 months of stability to let the content grow and let opinions clarify about what was needed next. Those 18 months have passed, and at the time of this writing the Web3D Consortium is hard at work on X3D, the successor to VRML. In the next chapter we'll be looking under the hood of some current proposals for X3D.

It's important to note here, however, that VRML was never intended to be the final answer to 3D on the Web. No matter how much you aim your specification at future capabilities, technology will still surprise you. Many capabilities omitted from the VRML97 specification are today considered important (if not essential) to any future-ready Web3D technology such as X3D.


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