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SMIL History

The first public release of the SMIL specification was available in late 1997, and by mid-1998, the World Wide Web consortium published SMIL 1.0. This initial version generated a great deal of excitement in the online multimedia world because multimedia developers could now use a simple text editor to choreograph sounds, images, and text for presentation on the Web.

In August of 1999, the W3C released a new version referred to as SMIL Boston. This draft took SMIL functionality and divided it into nine modules (although not all the modules were detailed in the draft). The advantage of modularity is that the specification could be implemented and improved in parts instead of having to rewrite the entire spec every time a change was desired.


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