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New and Emerging Web Hypermedia Technologies
SMIL 2.0 specifies interactive multimedia on the Web and mobile devices. It enjoyed immediate strong industrial support upon its release in 2001 with implementation on such Web browsers as RealNetworks' RealOne and Internet Explorer 6.0. SMIL 2.0 sets the foundation for a broad family of presentation formats, from SMIL for desktop computers and for mobile devices, to SMIL combined with HTML, and combined with graphics for animation in SVG. Lately, there has been much activity in the different formats and application areas of SMIL. There are also recent proposals for extensions to SMIL, and even W3C activity in SMIL formats such as Timed Text and additional media support in SVG.
This tutorial covers the W3C format SMIL 2.0 and the hypermedia aspects of related W3C formats HTML and SVG. It covers each format as a specification, the sub-languages they defines, the available tools for each, and the current use of each as hypermedia on the Web. The primary hypermedia constructs are described in full. All areas of SMIL 2.0 are overviewed. All languages defined with SMIL constructs, including SMIL 2.0 Language (for desktop computers), SMIL 2.0 Basic (for mobile devices), XHTML+SMIL, SVG and Timed Text are discussed. Available tools for playing and editing these languages are presented and demonstrated. Examples of current use of these languages are played and analyzed.
The tutorial also use material from the book on SMIL written by the presenters: SMIL 2.0 — Interactive Multimedia for Web and Mobile Deves. This book will be distributed by Springer-Verlag in April 2004 (see <URL:http://www.springeronline.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,10735,5-40109-22-21948972-0,00.html>) several months before the tutorial. The book provides the tutorial with a solid set of tables, tips and running examples. The presenter's experience as head of the development of the commercial SMIL editor and player GRiNS and of the open source SMIL player Ambulant will also inform the tutorial of implementation issues, good practice and industry activity.
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