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April 04, 2003

Whatever happened to VRML?

On my bookshelf, next to outdated software manuals and an Italian/English dictionary, sit two books on VRML. They haven't been opened in years, but I can still remember the first time I hand coded a VRML file and saw my creation rendered in a plug-in for my browser. Geeky exhilaration!

While I was distracted by some other now-extinct-web-tech, VRML suddenly disappeared. Where did it go? Parallel graphics still produces VRML tools, and the wed3D consortium seems to be working on X3D.

Yes, there are powerful 3D modeling tools available. But it was a liberating feeling to go right into the code, change one character, and alter a world. And nodes! Ahhhh

Any other VRML fans out there?