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Re: Property "rotate"

From: Wingnut <wingnut@winternet.com>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2005 21:05:49 -0500
Message-ID: <4287FFFD.4080602@winternet.com>
To: Orion Adrian <orion.adrian@gmail.com>
CC: www-style@w3.org

Hi OA!  Good to hear from you again!

Good thing is... 3D browsing won't REPLACE 2D browsing.  It'll just be 
another option to 2D.  I think there was already one 3D browser 
attempt... called "the brain" or something like that.  Data drilling in 
visual reports... for example,  is far more productive in 3D 
environments than in 2D, by the way.  And it can be far more fun, 
allowing more data inspection time and less long term stress.  Data 
islands and namespaces can actually "look" like islands and "airspace" 
or "ground area".  Blasting your F-29 across farmfield after farmfield 
of bookmarks... is much more enjoyable than boring old clicking.  One 
must be careful of judging usability and functionality... in a 3D 
browser world that hasn't even opened its doors to public ideas yet... 
or ANY ideas for that matter.  You thought XML had 'views' now?  Hell, 
we're not even warmed up yet. :)


Orion Adrian wrote:
> I for one dread the idea of 3D browsing. Usability studies have shown
> that users do not function better in 3D space than they do in 2D
> space. This my partially be because information is not 3-dimentional,
> it is N-dimentional.
> So let's stick to the realm of 2D since that's all our displays are
> best at and leave the realm of 3D to video games.
> Orion Adrian 
>>Yep, rotating box models around various axis... would be nice... jaggies
>>and all... but its still left to other methods.  Most use paintbox
>>programs to fake it... with images, or use contorted SVG or VRML
>>operations to accomplish it.  I've seen some abolutely wonderful stuff
>>in VRML, and the whole world of 3D websurfing is still ahead.  The DOM
>>trees are called 'scene graphs' in that land. When you see onCollision
>>and onOverlap hit the box model events, you know we're starting to
>>gear-up. :)  3D browsing will become VERY common eventually, and CSS
>>styling will take on a whole new meaning in that world.  Can you wait
>>for a few years... for when your box models can REALLY rotate... and
>>bonk you on the head, and dance like Gilda Gray, or up and fly away on ya?
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