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    X3D is currently replacing VRML as the nearest the internet gets to Virtual Reality currently. Is X3D suited specifically to certain applications over others? Discuss an application for the Internet where you believe Virtual Reality would be of benefit.

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    X3D is currently replacing VRML as the nearest the internet gets to Virtual Reality currently. Is X3D suited specifically to certain applications over others? Discuss an application for the Internet where you believe Virtual Reality would be of benefit.

    Yes, X3D suited specifically to certain applications over others.
    The reasons follow:
    VRML compatible - There is still a "Classic VRML" encoding (.x3dv) which can play most non-scripted VRML 2 worlds with only minor changes. None of the technology has been lost; instead, it has evolved into X3D. X3D has made a very large effort to maintain as much compatibility with VRML as possible while still solving incompatibility problems that directly lead to non-interoperability of environments between players.
    XML encoding to integrate smoothly with other applications - XML is fast becoming a prerequisite for including information in corporate and government data bases. Having an XML encoding simply makes it easier to manage, control, validate, and exchange information. The XML encoding of X3D plays nicely in this world.
    X3D scenes and environments operate predictably between different players - A major problem with VRML is that it is difficult to develop VRML environments that play on all conformant browsers/players. This is due to lack of adequate specification of VRML behavior in the VRML standard. A concerted effort has been made to provide adequate specification of X3D behavior in such a way that scenes and environments can interoperate between browsers.
    X3D is componentized - X3D is componentized which allows for the specification of profiles tailored to a particular large market segment (e.g., CAD, Medical, Visualization). It also allows cleaner introduction of new technology ...

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