Chapter 3: Getting Technical: The SMIL Specification
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).