Info on the Web's 3-D Standard


The Virtual Reality Modeling Language, or VRML (often pronounced rhyming with gerbil), is a language for Internet-based three-dimensional spaces.  The language specification is currently in its second generation known, oh-so-cleverly, as VRML 2.0.  Whereas, the original standardized version (VRML1.0) could adequately describe static elements, VRML2.0 more fully addresses animation, behaviors, and other interactive components.  
In order to view VRML worlds, you need a special plug-in (a VRML browser) for your Web browser.  Unfortunately, browsers designed to display VRML 2.0 worlds are generally not backwards compatible with VRML 1.0 worlds.  Moreover, some worlds designed to be viewed by one browser, do not always display well in a different browser.  The two most popular browsers are Netscape’s Live 3-D, and Silicon Graphic’s Cosmo Player.  
Seven Raven recommends the Cosmo Player 1.0 beta 3 for viewing VRML 2.0 worlds.  This plug-in is available from SGI’s site, and works well with either Navigator 3.01, Netscape Communicator, or Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0
Seven Raven recommends Live 3-D 1.0 for viewing VRML 1.0 worlds.
Live 3-D 1.0 is a standard component of Netscape Navigator 3.0 and 3.01.  Live 3-D 2.0 is a standard component of Netscape Communicator.  However, the minimum download from Netscape does not contain Live 3-D.
To see if your Netscape browser has a currently installed VRML plug-in, click here
Download Cosmo Player 2.0 beta 3  [Netscape Navigator 3.01, Communicator, or MS-Internet Explorer 3.0]
Go to Netscape to download Live 3-D 1.0 plug-in, or Netscape Navigator 3.01 standard plus components.
Go to Netscape to download Live 3-D 2.0 plug-in, or Netscape Communicator beta release.
Get the VRML 1.0 activeX control for Internet Explorer 3.0.
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