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The Annotated VRML 2.0 Reference Manual is the definitive reference written by the architects of the technology. Webmasters, programmers, and graphic designers will learn how to use VRML 2.0 as its creators envisioned.

Intended to complement existing tutorial books on VRML 2.0, The Annotated VRML 2.0 Reference Manual will dig down into the crucial details of the specification, explaining critical corners of the technology and documenting the foundation on which the technology was created.


This complete specification for the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) version 2.0 (as of Feb, '97), contains the design notes and rationale for VRML 2.0, the 3D analog to HTML, and presents key concepts, syntax, structure and protocols. It discusses events, scripting and extensions. Alphabetized node references include examples and tips, as do field and event references. The book concludes with an examination of conformance and support requirements. Appendices contain grammar definitions, examples, and Java scripting guide. Companion CD-ROM contains this publication in HTML format. The user must be familiar with VRML.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201419740
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 5/30/1997
  • Series: OpenGL Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Rikk Carey is the former Director of Engineering at SGI, where he was responsible for a variety of 3D interactive graphic projects including Open Inventor, Showcase 3D, Annotator, VRML, WebSpace, Cosmo Player, and many others. Rikk is one of the three authors of the VRML 2.0 specification.

Gavin Bell is a former member of Technical Staff at Silicon Graphics, one of the chief architects of the Open Inventor toolkit, and a technical leader within SGI. Gavin is one of the three authors of the VRML 2.0 specification.


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Table of Contents

About This Book
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Key Concepts 11
Ch. 3 Node Reference 105
Ch. 4 Field and Event Reference 351
Ch. 5 Conformance and Minimum Support Requirements 361
App. A VRML Grammar Definition 371
App. B Examples of VRML 2.0 379
App. C Java Scripting Reference 399
App. D JavaScript Scripting Reference 439
App. E VRML Compendium 463
App. F Recommended Reading 467
App. G Summary of Java Scripting API 469
App. H Summary of JavaScript Scripting API 483
Index 489
The VRML Quick Reference 501
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