WebGL 1.0 finalized - the state of play
WebGL 1.0 finalized - the state of play
Thursday, 03 March 2011

WebGL 1.0 has been finalized and now we can start making use of it, but first perhaps we should evaluate the state of play. After all IE9 doesn't support it and Microsoft doesn't seem to have any plans to do so.

Just a short time ago the idea of full 3D graphics in a web page would have seemed crazy. The rise of the GPU has allowed this to happen but it wouldn't be possible without a standard API to work to and this is, of course, WebGL. 

WebGL is a JavaScript binding to OpenGL ES 2.0 a fairly standard shader based approach to 3D. You can discover more about the standard at the Khronos website and even download a new WebGL reference card.


webglicon

A set of conformance tests are alwo available to make sure that browser manufacturers get it right. Of course the one browser manufacturer not needing to check compatibility is Microsoft. Internet Explorer 9 doesn't support WebGL and the reason is, of course, that Microsoft favours DirectX as a 3D framework.  There is a Google project to allow Windows users to run WebGL content by the remarkable trick of translating OpenGL ES 2 calls to DirectX 9 calls. Of course a much better solution would be for Microsoft to get on board and support WebGL.

 

Anglelogo

 

Without IE support WebGL is probably dead in the water - but it is such a compelling technology that pressure to use it might become a disadvantage to future versions of IE.

webglicon

More Information

WebGL

Angleproject

Further Reading

Getting started with WebGL

WebGL made easier with PhiloGL

 

Banner


Google's AI Beats Human Professional Player At Go
27/01/2016

Go has long been a troublesome game for AI. It was the game in which humans clung onto supremacy - until now. A neural network based system has finally beaten a really good human player.



Oracle Is DBMS Of The Year
18/01/2016

Oracle has come out on top in the database rankings for 2015.


More News

<ASIN:0321712617>

<ASIN:0240813286>

<ASIN:1430228741>

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 March 2011 )
 
 

   
RSS feed of news items only
I Programmer News
Copyright © 2016 i-programmer.info. All Rights Reserved.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.