[Public WebGL] EXT_shader_texture_lod in WebGL2?

Jukka Jylänki [email protected]
Fri Jan 20 07:46:59 PST 2017


I'm working on upgrading an engine to use WebGL 2 from WebGL 1, and I find
that EXT_shader_texture_lod has been added to the core WebGL 2 spec.

In WebGL 2, one can write #version 100 and #version 300 es shaders, with
the idea that in WebGL2, one could reuse GLSL 1.0/GLES2 shaders without
having to mass re-write all of them to GLSL 3.00/GLES3 when migrating.

This is great for backwards compatibility, however I find that neither
Firefox or Chrome implementations of WebGL 2 expose EXT_shader_texture_lod
anymore. This means that if one does run #version 100 shaders in a WebGL 2
context, they lose the ability to do textureCubeLodEXT() and so forth,
which forces one to go and mass convert all shaders to GLSL 3.00/GLES3. If
one wants to simultaneously target both WebGL1 and WebGL2, i.e. gracefully
falling back to WebGL1 on older browsers, this means that one needs to
author two versions of each shader that needs this extension, which is a
lot of hassle to manage.

Could implementations still carry EXT_shader_texture_lod around in WebGL 2
so that #version 100 shaders with that extension would still keep
working? I know WebGL is neither backwards or forwards compatible, but it
would be great to minimize these types of breaking changes where possible,
so that engines that co-target both versions on the fly would have easier

Though I do admit I'm not completely sure how this looks like in different
vendors' native GLES3 implementations, and if they have this mechanism
available as well for this extension.

Does anyone know if there was any fundamental reason to not advertise
EXT_shader_texture_lod anymore in WebGL 2, or was it just a "oh, that's in
core now so no need to have it present anymore" type of thought?

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