Why does it take the ARB so long
to produce a new programming guide? The current version was released in September 1999 and covers up to the OpenGL 1.2 spec, which itself was released in March 1998! By the time the book was released the spec was already a year old. The last five years
of API evolution have gone by the wayside.
With rumblings of an OpenGL 1.5 specification starting, the ARB is finally getting around to documenting OpenGL 1.3 and 1.4 in the upcoming OpenGL Programming Guide 1.4 - estimated release, November 2003:http://www.aw-bc.com/catalog/academic/product/0,4096,0321173481,00.html
The world of graphics may proceed rapidly, but the really useful documentation is way
behind. Someone could make a real killing in this market.