GDC 2011: Khronos Releases Final WebGL 1.0 Spec For HTML5 3D
The Khronos Group announced its release of the final WebGL 1.0 specification, which enables hadware-accelerated 3D graphics in HTML5-compatibie web browsers without requiring plug-ins.
WebGL is supported by a number of web browser creators, including Apple, Google, Mozilla, and Opera. Khronos says multiple browsers have shipped with WebGL implementations, including beta releases for Mozilla Firefox 4.0, all channels of Google Chrome 9.0, an Opera preview build, and Apple Mac OS Safari's nightly builds.
Khronos points out that a "thriving" middleware ecosystem exists around WebGL through tools like C3DL, CopperLicht , EnergizeGL, GammaJS, GLGE, GTW, O3D, OSG.JS, SceneJS, SpiderGL, TDL, Three.js, and X3DOM.
With the release of the final WebGL1.0 spec, Khronos has posted a free WebGL test suite
"WebGL enables an entire new class of applications on the web," says Vlad Vukićević of Mozilla and chair of the WebGL Working Group. "Being able to take advantage of first-class 3D hardware acceleration in a browser on both desktop and mobile allows web developers to create compelling and immersive experiences for their users."