Visualizing Information Using SVG and X3D: XML-based Technologies for the XML-based Web

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Vladimir Geroimenko, Chaomei Chen
Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 6, 2005 - Computers - 298 pages
Correcting the Great Mistake People often mistake one thing for another. That’s human nature. However, one would expect the leaders in a particular ?eld of endeavour to have superior ab- ities to discriminate among the developments within that ?eld. That is why it is so perplexing that the technology elite – supposedly savvy folk such as software developers, marketers and businessmen – have continually mistaken Web-based graphics for something it is not. The ?rst great graphics technology for the Web,VRML,has been mistaken for something else since its inception. Viewed variously as a game system,a format for architectural walkthroughs,a platform for multi-user chat and an augmentation of reality,VRML may qualify as the least understood invention in the history of inf- mation technology. Perhaps it is so because when VRML was originally introduced it was touted as a tool for putting the shopping malls of the world online,at once prosaic and horrifyingly mundane to those of us who were developing it. Perhaps those ?rst two initials,“VR”,created expectations of sprawling,photorealistic f- tasy landscapes for exploration and play across the Web. Or perhaps the magnitude of the invention was simply too great to be understood at the time by the many, ironically even by those spending the money to underwrite its development. Regardless of the reasons,VRML suffered in the mainstream as it was twisted to meet unintended ends and stretched far beyond its limitations.
 

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Contents

Using Metadatabased SVG and X3D Graphics
10
The Foundations of SVG
21
X3D Fundamentals
63
SVG as the Visual Interface to Web Services
85
X3D Graphics Java and the Semantic Web
99
Toward SVG 1 2
119
Publishing Paradigms for X3D
153
Visualizing Complex Networks
183
Applying SVG to Visualization of Chemical Structures
202
Knowledge Visualization Using Dynamic SVG Charts
245
Using Adobe Illustrator to Create Complex SVG Illustrations
266
X3DEdit Authoring Tool for Extensible 3D X3D Graphics
285
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