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Khronos Releases Final WebGL 1.0 Specification, Brings Accelerated 3D without Plugins

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The Khronos Group released the final WebGL 1.0 specification to enable hardware-accelerated 3D graphics in HTML5 Web browsers without the need for plug-ins. WebGL defines a JavaScript binding to OpenGL ES 2.0 to allow rich 3D graphics within a browser on any platform supporting the industry-standard OpenGL or OpenGL ES graphics APIs. WebGL has the support of major silicon and browser vendors including Apple, Google, Mozilla and Opera with multiple browsers already shipping with WebGL implementations including the beta releases for Mozilla Firefox 4.0, all channels of Google Chrome 9.0, an Opera preview build, and Apple Mac OS Safari nightly builds.

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this makes me happy. I have a feeling though if its widley adopeted it will be hell for 56k users I think they will be phased out sooner then later however. Though i doubt most big ISP's will offer cheap upgrades to highspeed connections.
 
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Last time I checked OGL ES was just for embedded devices and smartphones, no? Don't think this will concern any 56k users :D
 
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I have a feeling though if its widley adopeted it will be hell for 56k users I think they will be phased out sooner then later however.
I believe that has happened already.

Going to youtube on dialup would be a knife in the gut!
 

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I believe that has happened already.

Going to youtube on dialup would be a knife in the gut!
its bad enough on mobile broadband, 3G and its kin.
 
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A lot of the US is still on 56k. In some rural areas thats all they offer if they offer it at all. My father just got the internet about a year ago and the most they offer is 56k.
 
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It's more about what your browser can do and not so much about zillions of megabytes traffic. I can think of a very nice example, actually. With a canvas element you can generate fairly complex graphics in just say 20 rows of code, which is in fact a lot less than having to transport all the stuff as png-s. Think of WebGL as of an extension of that paradigm to the third dimension. You'll have complex JS to do the job of creating a 3D model on your screen, but that's what every vendor is bragging about today, JS speed, so put it to some good use. Google should be especially happy about the new kid in town. A browser will really be able to take the role of a OS shell soon if things continue to improve so fast.
 

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It's more about what your browser can do and not so much about zillions of megabytes traffic. I can think of a very nice example, actually. With a canvas element you can generate fairly complex graphics in just say 20 rows of code, which is in fact a lot less than having to transport all the stuff as png-s. Think of WebGL as of an extension of that paradigm to the third dimension. You'll have complex JS to do the job of creating a 3D model on your screen, but that's what every vendor is bragging about today, JS speed, so put it to some good use. Google should be especially happy about the new kid in town. A browser will really be able to take the role of a OS shell soon if things continue to improve so fast.
a fairly valid point. much like those tiny ass graphical tech demos, rather than storing the graphics inside the files, they just generate them as needed - more work on the PC end, but less data needs to be transmitted overall.


this wont help youtube one bit, but fancy animations on websites oughta be a bit lighter and more pleasant to deal with.
 
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So when will i me able to see ma Gmail in 3d? I want to have a Minority report style GUI NAU Google! :D