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Web3D/X3D participation in HTML5

From: Don Brutzman <brutzman@nps.navy.mil>
Date: Fri, 29 May 2009 09:14:35 -0700
Message-ID: <4A2009EB.20905@nps.navy.mil>
To: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
CC: Joe D Williams <joedwil@earthlink.net>, "John A. Stewart" <alex.stewart@crc.ca>, Johannes Behr <johannes.behr@igd.fraunhofer.de>
HTML 5 colleagues:

After some preparation I'm happy to report that the Extensible 3D (X3D)
Graphics working group has begun efforts to support the HTML5 working group.
X3D development takes place as part of the Web3D Consortium (a W3C member).
Johannes Behr of Fraunhofer, John Stewart of CRC Canada, Joe Williams of
HyperMultiMedia and I are the X3D participants.

Our list of goals for X3D and HTML5 are maintained at


Process background:  Web3D Consortium IPR rules and rationale are quite
similar to W3C, so there is no impedance mismatch between our groups.
While the X3D working group is normally a Web3D members-only activity,
and while we will be reporting back in that forum, we are keeping all our
X3D-HTML5 efforts exposed publicly to match the public approach of HTML5.

Our primary technical interest (of course) is HTML5-draft paragraph
      12.2 Declarative 3D scenes
      Embedding 3D imagery into XHTML documents is the domain of X3D,
      or technologies based on X3D that are namespace-aware.

There are a number of other relevant issues (big and small) such as
X3D integration within the page, event passing, object and canvas
elements, overlaid scene with transparent background, DOM, SVG,
MIME types and serving, common interaction with scripts, etc.

You have our commitment to help make this collaboration effort work well
and to pursue any other areas of mutual interest.

Needless to say, we're pretty jazzed and excited about these possibilities!
Please do feel free to ask questions and let us know what you think.
Looking forward to further progress together.

all the best, Don
Don Brutzman  Naval Postgraduate School, Code USW/Br           brutzman@nps.edu
Watkins 270   MOVES Institute, Monterey CA 93943-5000 USA  work +1.831.656.2149
X3D, virtual worlds, underwater robots, XMSF  http://web.nps.navy.mil/~brutzman 
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