Executive Summary for the Final VAG meeting
December 12, 1996
Present: Tony Parisi, Jan Hardenbergh, Rikk Carey, Gavin Bell, Tom
Meyer, and Brian Blau
The VRML Architecture Group (VAG) met on the 12th of December, 1996,
at the Netscape offices in Mountain View. This document is a summary
of the key points decided during the meeting.
The ISO editing meeting happened, VRML 97 (as it will be known in
the ISO community) will become a draft International Standard on
February 7, 1997. Rikk and Gavin reported on the ISO meeting in San
Diego. There will be a clarified VRML draft incorporating ISO
comments by January 15, followed by a final review period. See the
ISO summary posted to the www-vrml mailing list for details.
The community voted on the proposals that were submitted in
response to the RFP on the external interface in August 19, 1996.
The SGI proposal was the clear winner, so this proposal will be
submitted as a working document to the external interface working
group (to be formed).
There was only a single response to the RFP, issued in September
1996, on binary compression. This was from IBM, Paragraph, and
Apple. The VAG agrees in principal with the proposal, but has
concerns about intellectual property issues, and will defer
resolution of these issues to the consortium. It also recommends
the formation of a Compressed Binary File Format working group.
Netscape and SGI worked together to support the VRMLscript data
of a standardization process. We recommend forming a working
languages for VRML.
Working Groups (mechanism)
Don Brutzman created a draft proposal for how working groups how
working groups operate and requirements for recognition by the
consortium. We reviewed it, are enthusiastic about it, and would
recommend that the consortium consider it and publish a revised
version of this prop in early January 1997. In the meantime,
currently operating working groups are encouraged to continue doing
so :-) , in preparation for formal recognition.
We, the VRML Architecture Group, are handing off our
responsibilities to the VRML Review Board. We recommend that the
VRML Review Board have primary responsibility for VRML technology,
and that its principal tasks be recognizing, guiding, and accepting
or rejecting the recommendations of working groups.
We recommend that the VRB consist of seven technical members, to be
elected by the VRML Consortium membership. We recommend the
The exiting VAG members will be available as needed by the
Consortium and have offered to act in an interim advisory role to
the incoming VRB.
- anyone is eligible for nomination
- anyone can nominate as many candidates as they wish
- more than one employee of the same company can be nominated,
however, no more than one employee amy serve on the VRB from
any one company
- there will be 1-2 year terms, with one election per year, and
there will be no term limit
We believe that a smooth transition is important. In the interest of
continuity, we will nominate the following four former VAG members as
candidates for the first election of the VRB: Gavin Bell, Brian Blau,
Jan Hardenbergh, and Tom Meyer.
We are very excited by the maturing of the VRML process.
Development of the VRML Consortium is the next important task the
VRML community must tackle, and we look forward to our continuing
involvement with this community.