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The SMIL Specification

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The Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language was created to be a descriptive language that could be used to synchronize multimedia on the Web. In this sample chapter from SMIL: Adding Multimedia to the Web, Tim Kennedy and Mary Slowinski describe its creation and the differences between versions 1.0 and 2.0.
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The W3C Builds a Web Multimedia Language

In October 1996, a small group representing the CD-ROM and Web multimedia communities gathered at a workshop hosted by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Their task was to explore the creation of a language that could be used to synchronize multimedia on the Web. Unlike the scripting languages in use for creating multimedia, this new language would be descriptive. It would not require a programmer to make Web multimedia. Encouraged by the discussion, the W3C organized a working group to develop a specification for just such a language. From this working group came the Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL).

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