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Chapter 21. X3D OVERVIEW > Early Beginnings

Early Beginnings

As the previous chapter explains, X3D was a planned change. VRML97 was always intended to have an 18-month period of stability, after which it would be replaced by next-generation technology. We also saw in the last chapter how unanticipated events interrupted these plans and stretched that time period.

SIGGRAPH

The Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group (SIG) on Graphics (SIGGRAPH) holds a conference each year. That conference often has over 30,000 people attending, and while it's more correct to say "The annual SIGGRAPH Conference," just about everyone simply calls it SIGGRAPH. There are two significant dates on every VRML person's calendar: the annual Web3D/VRML Symposium (informally called VRML 95, VRML 96, VRML 2000, etc., for the year in which it's held), usually around the start of the year, and SIGGRAPH in the summer. These dates are significant because they give us a good ex-cuse to meet one another face to face and get some work done at the same time. They're also convenient deadlines for delivering Working Group materials and for announcing new products related to Web3D.



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