[Public WebGL] WEBGL_multiview discussion

Florian Bösch [email protected]
Tue Jan 10 00:12:12 PST 2017

The extension adds the following:

   - MAX_VIEWS_OVR accepted by getParameter
   - BACK_LEFT_AND_RIGHT_MULTIVIEW_WEBGL accepted by drawBuffer
   - framebufferTextureMultiviewWEBGL(...)
   - context creation parameter "stereo"
   - gl.drawBuffer
   - gl.BACK_LEFT
   - gl.BACK_RIGHT
   - layout qualifier to specify the number of views a shader renders

There are some issues with that extension:

   1. The enums BACK_LEFT and BACK_RIGHT are added to the
   WebGLRenderingContextBase instead of the extension objects IDL
   2. the function drawBuffer which does not exist in WebGL is added to the
   WebGLRenderingContextBase instead of the extension objects IDL
   3. The relationship between WebGL2 gl.drawBuffer*s* and this extensions
   drawBuffer is unclear
   4. The layout qualifier is not WebGL1 compatible, and the extension does
   not define WebGL1 usable gl_NumViews constant or the like
   5. The extension does not contain a differentiation between WebGL1 and
   WebGL2, but those need to be 2 specifications, so either there's two
   extensions needed, or this extension needs to define differing
   functionality in different sections for both WebGL1 and WebGL2
   6. The examples section is insufficient, examples should be added for
   context creation and back buffer use, framebuffer object use and selection
   of traditional or stereo view rendering.
   7. Since this extension is meant to interact with the WebVR
   specification, and the WebVR specification so far requires the application
   to render to the back buffer in split-view, the interaction with WebVR is
   unclear and should be clarified
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