SMIL Boston is an important improvement over the SMIL 1.0 specification thanks to its modular design and its integration with other XML languages. SMIL Boston provides content designers a first class language for the production of compelling multimedia presentations over the Web. The support of animations and event-based timing is a radical enhancement of the language functionality.
-- Jean-Pierre Verjus, Director, INRIA Rhône-Alpes
Macromedia is committed to open solutions that help add life to the Web. As one of the key contributors to SMIL Boston, we believe this standard will be an attractive format for synchronizing Internet multimedia, and will complement Macromedia's Shockwave and Flash.
-- Kevin Lynch, Senior VP, Product Development and General Manager, Web Publishing
The release of the SMIL Boston draft is a very exciting milestone for Microsoft. Having actively participated in this working group to more closely integrate the concepts of SMIL with other Web standards, Microsoft will now be able to build on the foundation provided by its HTML+TIME submission to the W3C; Microsoft supports HTML+TIME in Internet Explorer 5 today. The modularization of SMIL will allow for timing, media declaration, and animation to be integrated with the presentation provided by HTML and CSS in a standard way.
-- Mark Ryland, Director of Standards, Microsoft Corporation
As an advocate and aggressive implementor of open standards, RealNetworks believes that Synchonized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL) is a fundamental enhancement to the Web architecture, and are pleased to see the next generation of this important standard build upon SMIL 1.0's success. The W3C has once again demonstrated outstanding leadership and effective rigorous processes for extending the value and usefulness of the Web.
-- Len Jordan, Senior Vice President, RealNetworks
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