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Re: [Public WebGL] WebGL working group - leadership

I'm mostly a quiet lurker here, but I'll have to agree with Florian
and Mark. WebGL can and should only progress as fast as GLES, but has
to cover a much broader 'ecosystem' then any single OpenGL
implementation (all platforms, all GPUs (desktop and mobile), all
operating systems, all browsers, combined!), and WebGL programs are
expected to 'just run'. It must be like herding cats, and it would
have been much more likely that WebGL would have become a failed
platform. The WebGL process is the most transparent of all 3D APIs,
everything is open, and in 20 years in the games industry I have never
seen faster response and fix times when reporting (Chrome or Firefox)
WebGL bugs. Ok, that praise goes mostly to the browser teams, but
WebGL is a child of that open development philosophy, and this is a
very good thing (and it creates pressure on the IE and Safari teams to
be more open and 'agile' as well).

I'm much more interested in stability and painless multi-platform
support with a solid base feature-set which also runs on older
devices(!) then having dozens of extensions, where none of them works
on more then 20% of all devices.

Thumbs up, Ken :)

On Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM, Florian Bösch <pyalot@gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm happy with Kens leadership. Things could always move quicker, but
> ultimately WebGL will only move as fast as the implementations will.
> On Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 12:47 PM, John Davis <jdavis@pcprogramming.com>
> wrote:
>> Nothing personal.  As chairman of the webgl working group, for over three
>> years, what has been achieved thus far?
> 15 ratified extensions
> 7 community approved extensions
> 5 draft extensions
> 4 proposed extensions
> Comprehensive conformance test coverage
> Uptake of WebGL by 2 desktop browsers (IE and Opera) and 3 mobile browsers
> (native android, Chrome Mobile and Safari)
> Advancement of WebGL overall from 60% to 73%, 62% -> 77% on desktops, 2.4%
> -> 48% on mobiles.
> 3 revisions of the WebGL 1.0 standard (1.0.0, 1.0.1, 1.0.2), 1 revision of
> of the WebGL 2.0 standard.
> Implementations getting more robust
> Microsoft has joined the WG
> There are things that have happened in the last 3 years, a lot of things.
>> My perception is the standard progressed much faster under Vlad.  If he's
>> willing, why don't we put Vlad back in the driver's seat?
> Have you discussed this proposal with Ken and Vlad privately?

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