Meanwhile, Firefox and the Khronos Group, which oversees the OpenGL 3D interface standard, have announced an effort to build a 3D Web interface. The Firefox backer Mozilla and Khronos Group takes a different approach. "OpenGL tends to be a lot of code to write, even for something simple, but OpenGL gives you a lot of control," says engineering director Matt Papakipos. "Ours is at a higher level. It takes fewer function calls, so it's easier to get stuff on the screen."
Google believes that multiple 3D interfaces may one day be supported in Web browsers, and has been working on the 03D open-source plug in for two years. The plug-in is designed for programmers exploring what is possible with 3D on the Web.
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