San Ramon, Calif.--Jan. 26, 1998 --The VRML (Virtual Reality ModelingLanguage) Consortium announced that VRML has been approved as anInternational Standard by the International Organization forStandardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).The VRML97 specification, also known as ISO/IEC 14772, was published byISO/IEC in December 1997 as a result of a close collaboration with the VRML Consortium. VRML 97 defines the complete functionality of the VRMLConsortium's VRML 2.0 specification as International Standard ISO/IEC14772-1.
As an ISO/IEC standard, VRML has gained international endorsement andprovides a guarantee of specification stability, which will promote content compatibility to drive the growth of 3D on the Internet. Adoption as anISO/IEC standard also allows VRML to be referenced as the 3D component inother ISO/IEC standards--further widening the potential use of VRML-basedtechnology.
The VRML97 International Standard was developed by the Joint TechnicalCommittee 1 (JTC 1) of ISO and IEC in partnership with the VRML Consortium. The formal processing of VRML97 to become an International Standard began in June 1996 with the Consortium's VRML 2.0 draft specification, whenrepresentatives from the VRML Architecture Group (VAG) and JTC 1 met inKyoto, Japan and signed a cooperative agreement. VRML set an ISO/IECrecord as the first specification to be standardized within 18 months andthe first International Standard to be published in HTML.
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