XML for 3D geometry and objects

Len Bullard cbullard at hiwaay.net
Sat Jan 22 18:55:52 GMT 2000

Brandt Dainow wrote:
> I forgot to mention that Macromedia were part of the VML proposal, so I
> guess we'll see VML in their products too.  I wonder what this'll mean for
> Shockwave & Flash.  Irrespective of performance or quality, I  don't see how
> SVG stands a chance against an MS/Macromedia alliance, they must control
> something like 80-90% of all the authoring tools.  I guess we can also
> expect HP to use VML in their printers.
> Truetype was a combined HP/MS development as a response to Adobe's
> postscript.  Are we going to see history repeat itself?

It stands a good chance.  People actually check the standardization 
before going forward.  Some also hang back waiting for stable 
implementations.  A lot depends on the value of the information 
to be marked up.  SVG will do well.  We will experiment with VML 
to get a feel for markup in graphics, then move on out with SVG 
when the timing is right.  

Considering that using markup for graphics used to be a killing 
offense, we have come a long ways.


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