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WebGL

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

WebGL LogoWeb Graphics Library, or WebGL, is a JavaScript API that allows compatible web browsers to render 2D and 3D graphics without the assistance of a plug-in. WebGL is written in a mix of JavaScript and shader code, executed by the GPU. The Khronos Group writes and maintains WebGL.

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WebGL is based on OpenGL ES 2.0 and uses the HTML5 canvas element. Version 1.0 was released in March 2011 and some early adopters and users of WebGL including Google Maps and Zygote Body. Autodesk also ported many of their applications to the cloud, running on local WebGL systems. Some of the browsers that support WebGL include Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari. It is also supported by a number of mobile browsers including Opera Mobile, WebOS, and Ubuntu Touch.

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