XML for 3D geometry and objects

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Fri Jan 21 00:40:16 GMT 2000

At 07:12 PM 1/20/00 -1000, Betty L. Harvey wrote:
>	I think Vector Markup Language is designed to provide 3D
>graphics.  There is also some work being done to translate UML to XML but
>I haven't been following this effort to see if they are considering
>3D modelling.  

Vector Markup Language (VML) is a Microsoft-proprietary 2-D (2 not 3)
vector-graphics system that uses XML syntax.  It will soon be replaced
by SVG, being developed by a group at the W3C (including Microsoft).
VML is pretty cool and SVG is massively cool.

VRML is Virtual Reality Modeling Language, now an ISO standard, a
very large & comprehensive VR language.  It uses a textual but non-XML
encoding format.  VRML has never taken off in the marketplace, opinions
differ as to why.

The VRML folk are working on a recasting of the language into a 
new version with among other things an XML syntax, go check out 
web3d.org. -Tim

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