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Chapter 29. The Future of the Dynamic We... > Synchronized Multimedia Integration ...

Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL)

Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language, (or SMIL, which has the cute pronunciation "smile"), may end up being the HTML for creating multimedia events on the Web (http://www.w3.org/AudioVideo; Figure 29.6). As HTML does with text and graphics, SMIL uses tags to help define how your media files—audio, video, text, and static graphics (sorry, no smell yet)—should be laid out on the screen. More important from the standpoint of multimedia, SMIL also allows Web page designers to describe the temporal behavior of the presentation of those elements using timelines similar to those we saw in Dreamweaver and GoLive (Chapters 18 and 19) for creating DHTML animation.

Figure 29.6. The SMIL home page (http://www.w3.org/AudioVideo).



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