VRML 1.0 is based on the Inventor File Format (ASCII) with some additions to allow linking out to the Web and including other URLs (overview of the relationship between Inventor and VRML 1.0). The linking out feature (WWWAnchor) provides the same feature that HREF anchors provide in HTML. Another critical feature was the LOD (level of detail) which allows the right amount of data for an object based on how prominent it is in the scene, or the rendering speed of the browsing machine. VRML .0 is a major enhancement and now entering the formal ISO standardisation process.
The VRML repository
at the San Diego Supercomputer Center or its
are good places to start looking for information on VRML, including
VRML 1.0 and .0
A few of the
referred to in the SDSC repository import VRML and convert to
another format, such as:
Some key players:
Commercial VRML products
The Marriage of Java and VRML by Adrian Scott.
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