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TitleThe Vrml Sourcebook
Author(s)Andrea L. Ames, David R. Nadeau, John L. Moreland
PublishedJanuary 1996
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
The Virtual Reality Modeling Language, or VRML, is a "space description" language. It can be used as a standard for creating "3-space" artificial reality scenes. VRML also has the hypertext "linking" capability of HTML, the basis of the World Wide Web, and so, with an appropriate browser, can be used to create three dimensional extensions to the Web. This book provides a good introductory tutorial to the Virtual Reality Modeling Language for basic and intermediate usage. Within the limits of the printed page, the authors have provided a clear and solid introduction. Creating, rotating and moving simple and even complex shapes is given lucid and step-by-step explanations. (One suspects that instancing could have been covered earlier.) One wishes, though, that the "sourcebook" contained a bit more information about where to get, and how to use, VRML browsers. Even the simplest discussion of shapes and rotations can boggle the mind's eye when constrained to "dead trees": VRML is definitely a "hands-on" type of activity. Coverage of advanced topics varies. The discussion of illumination is good, whereas use of the Transform Matrix is very strictly limited. Basically, this book will give you a firm grasp of the essentials and syntax, but you will have to look to other sources to get beyond simple objects. copyright Robert M. Slade, 1996

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