WebGL: Frequently Asked Questions

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This is a list of frequently-asked questions about WebGL. It is not a tutorial -- if that's what you want, you can check out the Learning WebGL lessons.

Background and Getting Started

What is WebGL?

WebGL is a low-level JavaScript API giving you access to the power of a computer's graphics hardware from within scripts on web pages. It makes it possible to create 3D graphics that update in realtime, running in the browser. It's a web standard, so it doesn't need a plugin and will soon be available on many smartphones. Some people regard it as being part of the new 'HTML5' standard.

WebGL is managed by Khronos, an organisation which is responsible for a number of open standards.

How do I get WebGL running on my machine?

Right now, you need to install a special version of a web browser to use

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