How to view VRML
What is VRML?
VRML stands for Virtual Reality Modelling Language. A VRML file consists
of a series of drawing instructions in 3 dimensions which can be rendered
using a VRML browser. Commonly these are set up to be called from within
a WWW browser (eg. Netscape), although VRML files can be downloaded
individually and viewed using the VRML browser alone.
How do I view VRML?
A vast amount of information regarding VRML can be found at the
This covers the VRML specifications and contains links to VRML browsers
which can be downloaded for many different platforms.
For Digital UNIX and IRIX 5.3 (Silicon Graphics) I recommend the browser
VRweb, developed at the University
of Graz, Austria. An alternative for IRIX is
To set up a VRML browser as a helper application to your web browser,
you will need to define the MIME type:
This can most conveniently be done from within your web browser. Alternatively
edit your '.mime.types' file and add the line:
Then edit your '.mailcap' file and add the line (eg. for VRweb):
x-world/x-vrml;vrweb -URL '%u' -remote %s