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OpenCL, OpenGL and COLLADA BOFs overview now online

The Khronos Group has posted the outline for all three of their BOFs. Representatives from AMD, Intel and NVIDIA will be presenting at the OpenCL BOF. COLLADA has a large line-up of presenters covering many topics. The OpenGL BOF will have OpenGL news from Barthold Lichtenbelt, ARB / NVIDIA, a presenter from Mozilla will talk about '3D on the Web, OpenGL ES in JavaScript', as well as an Open GL ES update and much more. All the details are available online.
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Khronos Group announces WebGL Draft Specification

The Khronos Group announced the unveiling of the WebGL Draft Specification. WebGL is a cross-platform, royalty-free web standard for a low-level 3D graphics API based on OpenGL ES 2.0, exposed through the HTML5 Canvas element as Document Object Model interfaces. Khronos has setup a wiki, forums and a public mailing list for greater community involvement.
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GLGE javascript library to ease the use of WebGL is released

3D-Test interviewed the developers behind GLGE, a higher level API using WebGL, with a declarative xml format to remove the chore of creating 3D scenes via javascript alone. GLGE hides the GLSL shaders from the developer by implementing common use shaders within the API, various lighting types, normal maps, shadows, fog, etc. This frees the developers up to create actual content, games and applications with WebGL. Read the interview and visit the GLGE website.
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Mozilla announces Labs: Gaming - Gaming with Open Web Standards like WebGL

Mozilla announced their new Labs : Gaming. An initiative inviting the gaming community to come out to play and get creative, with cool technologies in open web standards. If any of Open Video, audio, WebGL, touch events, device orientation, geo location or fast Javascript engines do it for you, then Labs : Gaming is the place for you. Getting this all going is Game on 2010, Mozilla's first ever gaming competition open to all developers interested in using Open Web technologies.
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WebGL: Bringing 3D to the Web slides from GPU Technology Conference 2010

NVIDIA has posted the complete slide set on 'WebGL: Bringing 3D to the Web' presented by Vladimir Vukicevic from Mozilla online. The slides include the live voice-over by Vladimir from the actual presentation.
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Mozilla enables WebGL by default in Firefox Beta 8

WebGL is now enabled by default in the latest FireFox Beta 8 browser. Principal Firefox Engineer Vlad Vukicevic commented on his blog "3-D games, interactive product displays, scientific and medical visualization, shared virtual environments, and 3-D content creation all become possible on the web." Unlike desktop or mobile OpenGL development, it’s very easy to get started with WebGL. Some simple HTML and JS content lets you immediately start writing WebGL code. Firefox 4 Beta is available here.
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Khronos Releases WebGL 1.0 Specification to Bring Accelerated 3D Graphics to the Web without Plugins

The Khronos™ Group today released the final WebGL™ 1.0 specification to enable hardware-accelerated 3D graphics in HTML5 Web browsers without the need for plug-ins. WebGL defines a JavaScript binding to OpenGL® ES 2.0 to allow rich 3D graphics within a browser on any platform supporting the industry-standard OpenGL or OpenGL ES graphics APIs. WebGL has the support of major silicon and browser vendors including Apple, Google, Mozilla and Opera with multiple browsers already shipping with WebGL implementations including the beta releases for Mozilla Firefox 4.0, all channels of Google Chrome 9.0, an Opera preview build, and Apple Mac OS Safari nightly builds.


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Mozilla launches carnival style Web O’Wonder side show exhibition for WebGL

Mozilla has launched a showcase website called Web O'(pen) Wonder. There are some well done WebGL examples as well as other HTML5 demonstration pages. Some of the pages require Firefox 4 specifically, where as most of the examples simply require a WebGL enabled browser.
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Microsoft Principal Architect writes “Why Microsoft and Internet Explorer need WebGL-and vice-versa

Avi Bar-Zeev, a Principal Architect at Microsoft, was disappointed by recent Microsoft headlines parroted from a recent security scare report. He writes "Is WebGL actually harming your computer in any way? I doubt that’s a serious or credible claim. And, frankly, if Microsoft has taken a formal position against WebGL, no one I know got the memo." Avi goes on to express his thoughts on the pro's and cons of Microsoft supporting WebGL vs running away from it. If you have only 5 minutes to read something today, make it this well thought out article on the future of WebGL and your 3D user experience. Avi's article ends with "There is clearly only one direction forward for Microsoft and 3D on the web. WebGL is the way."
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