Adobe's CSS Shaders Bring 3D Graphics To Websites

By HTMLGoodies Staff

The Adobe Max conference this week has highlighted Adobe's commitment to web standards. The latest example of their focus on standardized technology is a newly proposed standard called CSS shaders, which add 3D graphics functionality to CSS.

The concept of shaders as a standard is being developed in cooperation with Opera and Apple. A "shader" is a tiny program that is run by a computer's graphics chip, usually in conjunction with games and other applications that are graphics intensive.

By including shaders within CSS, developers can potentially create stunning, dynamic effects, such as page elements that curl up like printed pages, or ripple like a cloth flag. The shaders are created to work in conjunction with standard HTML content, so the areas that are controlled and affected by shaders can include HTML elements such as forms, SVG graphics and video.
 
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