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Web3D was initially the idea to fully display and navigate Web sites using 3D. By extension, the term now refers to all interactive 3D content which are embedded into web pages html, and that we can see through a web browser.

Web3D Technologies usually require to install a Web 3D viewer (plugin) to see this kind of content.

Nowadays many formats and tools are available, including:

They are mainly distinguished by five criteria:[citation needed]

  • Simplicity (Automatic Installation, rates facilities already high)
  • Compatibility (Windows, Mac, Unix ..)
  • Quality (Performances, see Frames per second, and indirectly display quality)
  • Interactivity (Depending on the solutions, their programming opportunities, the creators of content have more or less freedom in the creation of interactivity)
  • Standardization (none, "market position", by a standards organization, etc.)

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