The World Wide Web Consortium Issues SMIL as a W3C Recommendation


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"SMIL brings the synchronized integration of video/audio broadcasting and WWW contents. ACCESS' NetFront Browser for TVs, Settopboxes, and other consumer appliances will support SMIL and enable the processing of a variety of synchronized multimedia applications for non-PC area. This will definitely be one of the key technologies in Internet-enabling home appliances."
-- Dr. Tomihisa Kamada, Executive Vice President, R&D, ACCESS Co., Ltd.

"The adoption of SMIL is another step toward the development of truly transparent global multimedia experiences on the Web with no technical or stylistic barriers. Bell Labs is leading efforts to support multi-party multimedia communication on networks. SMIL will make the Web a richer environment for human communication - from speech recognition to video encoding to virtual applications - and will allow for more seamless integration of multimedia elements."
-- Sid Ahuja, Director of the Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory, Bell Labs, the Research and Development arm of Lucent Technologies

"SMIL will provide a standard basis for integration of video and audio into the Web with support for alternatives to tailor presentations for maximum accessibility. CLRC is pleased to endorse SMIL, and as part of the European Chameleon project consortium we are proud that our GRiNS reference browser for SMIL has been made available to W3C members. CLRC believes that wide acceptance of SMIL will greatly facilitate the re-use of video material, thereby particularly enhancing the infrastructure for education and life long learning. We look forward to working on version 2.0 of SMIL when we hope that the alternatives mechanism included in SMIL will be made more widely available throughout W3C technologies."
-- Professor F. Robert Hopgood, Associate Director, Department for Computation and Information, Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils

"The adoption of SMIL represents a major step in integrating multimedia applications within the Web architecture. SMIL's simple and declarative structure will allow developers to build flexibile and portable applications that can initially be used with stand-alone SMIL player and later integrated into standard Web browsers."
-- Dr. Dick Bulterman, Head, Multimedia and Human-Computer Interaction, CWI / Amsterdam

"The SMIL specification is exactly what the DAISY Consortium needs to move forward with the developments of digital talking books for persons who are blind or who have other print disabilities. more than 150 libraries from 19 countries, which currently make up the DAISY Consortium will start to use the SMIL specification in the production and distribution of our books. The W3C SMIL Recommendation advances the standards for the next generation of information technology for persons who cannot read standard print."
-- George Kerscher, Project Manager, DAISY Consortium

"With much care and diligence, the W3C has created an important standard which provides a means for ensuring interoperability for rich content on the Web. Netscape is pleased to see SMIL become a W3C Recommendation."
-- Jim Hamerly, Vice President, Client Products, Netscape Communications

"SMIL is the center piece of Web technology for driving the digital multimedia over the Internet. It provides the mechanism for content applications to interface with other Internet protocols such as IETF's RTP and RTSP, as well as being an easy-to-use, media-independent scripting language to synchronize any existing and future multimedia applications."
-- Wo Chang, Project Leader of Streaming Synchronized Multimedia, Advanced Network Technologies Division, Information Technology Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology

"The SMIL specification is a major step forward that allows for the creation of a new range of multi-media Web-based materials for education, industry, and the individual consumer. We whole heartedly support SMIL and we are in the process of bringing out products that support these new opportunities as well as providing links for SMIL players from our existing products."
-- Ray Ingram, Executive Vice President, The Productivity Works, Inc.

"SMIL is a fundamentally important enhancement to the Web architecture and is the result of broad industry collaboration and support. Now that the industry has agreed on a standard for authoring and presenting web based multimedia, the flood gates on rich media programming are wide open. The W3C has once again demonstrated outstanding leadership and effective rigorous processes for extending the value and usefulness of the Web."
-- Rob Glaser, Founder and CEO, RealNetworks

"Veon is enthusiastically supporting the W3C Recommendation for SMIL as a creator of tools and applications for the computer and TV convergence marketplace. SMIL provides an industry standard method for creating dynamic, "playable" content that can be scaled to meet the needs of streaming media whether its being viewed througha low bandwidth connection or through a wider broadband pipe. It also defines a new and exciting method for giving the Internet a TV look and for bringing Web-like interactivity to the TV. Veon is supporting SMIL both in its V-Active tool set and its Media Activation Server which creates SMIL presentations dynamically.
-- Udi Peleg, Chief Technology Officer, Veon

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