Testimonials for SMIL 2.1 Recommendation

These testimonials are in support of SMIL 2.1 as a W3C Recommendation.

As a co-editor of the SMIL 2.1 specification, ACCESS is very pleased that SMIL 2.1 has been successfully reviewed. ACCESS has long been an active supporter of open Internet standards, and we will continue to contribute to leading global standards organizations like W3C to ensure the development of future open standards. SMIL is an excellent mobile multimedia technology that enables exciting new mobile services. Certainly for 3G the combination of SMIL 2.1 and full Internet browsing will play a key role in delivering advanced, media-rich mobile services. ACCESS has already shipped its own NetFront SMIL Player to more than 10 million mobile phones and we plan to fully support SMIL 2.1.

— Dr. Tomihisa Kamada, CTO & Executive VP, ACCESS Co., Ltd.

CWI is proud to have contributed to SMIL 2.1. We see the development of the new Mobile and Extended Mobile SMIL profiles as being a tangible answer to the growing need to align media integration with the capabilities of modern mobile delivery platforms. We are also pleased to see the layout and parameter-passing mechanisms of SMIL 2.1 standardized in a constructive way: this should help the development of inter-operable media CODECS on a wide range of target devices. CWI's multi-platform implementation of the new features and profiles of SMIL 2.1 in the Ambulant Player (see: ambulantPlayer.org) have demonstrated the viability of the new specification.

— Dr. Dick Bulterman, Head Convergent Media Infrastructures, Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI)

INRIA welcomes the release of SMIL 2.1 as a W3C Recommendation. Multimedia and telecommunications are high priority application domains among research directions at INRIA. With this new version, we believe that SMIL 2.1 will have a greater impact on mobile multimedia applications such as multimedia messaging and mobile streaming services. In particular, the new features will allow SMIL 2.1 to target a wider range of Web clients with different capabilities. INRIA is proud of its contribution to SMIL 2.1 as an open standard that will enable new interoperable applications for the Web and the mobile world.

— Gérard Giraudon, Head of Development and Industrial Partnership Department, INRIA

KDDI, as a member of the W3C Synchronized Multimedia working group, is pleased to see that the SMIL 2.1 specification has been approved as a W3C Recommendation. Our world-leading 3G mobile content delivery service "EZ Channel" based on SMIL 2.0 Basic is now increasingly fascinating our customers. The newly created SMIL 2.1 Mobile profiles can significantly enrich mobile multimedia contents and provide powerful interactivity on mobile devices. We expect that the SMIL 2.1 will become one of the key technologies in the 3G mobile applications.

— Yasuyuki Nakajima, Executive Director, KDDI R&D Laboratories Incorporated

National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities Research Institute is very pleased that SMIL 2.1 has been approved as W3C Recommendation because of its excellent accessibility features:

  1. Modularity and profiles provide a wide array of tools to address the diverse needs of persons with disabilities.
  2. Full accessibility and internationalization of all modules ensure that SMIL presentations can reach anyone and bring them any kind of content for working, learning, or emergency.
  3. The introduction of the new mobile profiles will help bringing accessible multimedia content to persons with disabilities using mobile devices.
— Hiroshi Kawamura, Director of Social Rehabilitation Department, NRCD Research Institute

SMIL 2.1 仕様の co-editor として、ACCESS は SMIL 2.1 が W3C 勧告として標準化されたことを大変嬉しく思います。ACCESS は以前からインターネット標準規格化へ取り組んでまいりましたが、今後も将来のオープンスタンダードの開発を推進する W3C のような代表的な標準化団体に向けて、国際標準化に一層貢献を続けてまいります。SMIL は画期的な新しいモバイルサービスを実現するマルチメディアテクノロジです。3G において、SMIL 2.1 とフルインターネットブラウジングの連携は、先進的でリッチメディアなモバイルサービスを提供する際に確実に重要な役割を果たすでしょう。ACCESS は既に同社の NetFront SMIL Player を1000万台以上の携帯電話に出荷しており、今後 SMIL 2.1 をサポートしてまいります。

— 株式会社ACCESS 取締役副社長 兼 最高技術責任者 鎌田 富久

KDDI株式会社は、W3C Synchronized Multimedia 作業グループのメンバーとして、SMIL 2.1 仕様が W3C 勧告として公開されたことを心より歓迎します。当社は世界に先駆け、SMIL 2.0 Basic プロファイルを基本とした第3世代携帯電話向けのコンテンツ配信サービス「EZチャンネル」を提供し、好評を博しています。SMIL 2.1 で新しく規定された携帯端末向けプロファイルは、モバイルマルチメディアコンテンツの表現力を大幅に向上させると共に、携帯端末上での強力な対話性を提供します。我々は、SMIL 2.1 が第3世代携帯電話アプリケーションでの重要な要素技術の一つとなることを期待しています。

— 株式会社KDDI研究所 執行役員 中島 康之

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