Saturday, March 15, 2008

Weather on a prim

Last week I spent some time experimenting with the new html on a prim functionality in SL Viewer 1.19.1 RC0. I used it to create a weathercube; a simple prim that displays a current weather satellite picture of Europe. An in world reminder of the real world!

The way this works, you have to define an url at parcel level, and a placeholder texture that should be replaced with the content at the url, if an html on a prim capable viewer is used. This automatically means that for users of older or alternative viewers, the HTML is not displayed; they get to see the placeholder texture! Therefore, I have created a special texture: a simple white field with an explanatory text.

I'm going to try to display different kinds of data on a prim, we'll see how that works out.

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