The Virtual Reality Modelling Language (VRML) is a language for describing multi-participant interactive simulations, which generates virtual worlds that are being networked via the global Internet and hyperlinked with the World Wide Web. The VRML Consortium as a non-profit organisation has received a mandate to develop and promote VRML as the open, ubiquitous standard for 3D content on the Web. A new Executive Committee has just been elected to form Task Groups within the Consortium in order to lead the marketing and specification initiatives offering appropriate support for the continuing growth of 3D on the Internet.
At present, the most divergent applications, designed to suit a range of client bandwidths, are VRML-based like, for instance, advertising, page animation, education, enterprise computing and particularly, medical imaging visualisation techniques. The VRML Consortium Task Groups have taken this enormous expansion into account and will therefore deal with the important issues relating to these domains.
The participating task group members will pay attention to the use of VRML as a lightweight, integrated media format for page animation and study improvement of the download time for VRML files via compression and streaming. In addition, they will seek ways for VRML content to interoperate between popular clients and between clients and authoring tools. Finally, the use of VRML in enterprise computing and database applications will be investigated.
The supervising Executive Committee will coordinate the strategies developed by the working groups. Six major experts have been appointed as members to take part in it:
- Neil Trevett of 3Dlabs, President
- Tony Parisi of Intervista Software, Executive Vice President
- Don Brutzman of Naval Postgraduate School, Vice President of Technology
- David Frerichs of Cosmo Software, Vice President of Marketing
- Rick Rafey of Oracle Corporation, Treasurer
- Deepak Kamlani of Interprise Ventures, Secretary