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10 January 2003 M3D (Media 3D): a new programming language for web-based virtual reality in E-Learning and Edutainment
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Proceedings Volume 5018, Internet Imaging IV; (2003)
Event: Electronic Imaging 2003, 2003, Santa Clara, CA, United States
Today, interactive multimedia educational systems are well established, as they prove useful instruments to enhance one's learning capabilities. Hitherto, the main difficulty with almost all E-Learning systems was latent in the rich media implementation techniques. This meant that each and every system should be created individually as reapplying the media, be it only a part, or the whole content was not directly possible, as everything must be applied mechanically i.e. by hand. Consequently making E-learning systems exceedingly expensive to generate, both in time and money terms. Media-3D or M3D is a new platform independent programming language, developed at the Fraunhofer Institute Media Communication to enable visualisation and simulation of E-Learning multimedia content. M3D is an XML-based language, which is capable of distinguishing between the3D models from that of the 3D scenes, as well as handling provisions for animations, within the programme. Here we give a technical account of M3D programming language and briefly describe two specific application scenarios where M3D is applied to create virtual reality E-Learning content for training of technical personnel.
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Sepideh Chakaveh, Detlef Skaley, Patricia Laine, Ralf Haeger, and Soha Maad "M3D (Media 3D): a new programming language for web-based virtual reality in E-Learning and Edutainment", Proc. SPIE 5018, Internet Imaging IV, (10 January 2003);


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