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Mozilla, Graphics Group Seek to Build 3D Web

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Khronos wants to develop a public version of a royalty-free specification for accelerated three-dimensional (3D) graphics on the Web within 12 months. The consortium that oversees the OpenGL graphics interface technology has established the Accelerated 3D on Web working group for the task in response to a proposal from Mozilla, the developer of the Firefox browser. The initiative comes as the speed of JavaScript, the programming language used to write many Web-based applications, continues to improve. Mozilla wants to use a mechanism to let JavaScript tap into the OpenGL standard to produce the accelerated graphics.

"Accelerated 3D graphics with the super-fast, next-generation JavaScript engines from nearly every Web browser vendor means that we're going to be able to start to see more and more advanced applications written using open Web technologies," said Mozilla evangelist Chris Blizzard in a blog post. Mozilla would release the technology first as an extension to its browser sometime after introducing Firefox 3.5. Improving the quality of 3D graphics on the Web would enhance online games and other Web applications.

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