The CWI SMIL Page
SMIL (Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language, pronounced "smile") is
a language for describing interactive synchronized multimedia distributed on
the Web. It is an easy-to-author XML-compliant format similar in syntax to
HTML. SMIL 2.0 became an official W3C recommendation on in August of 2001.
SMIL provides Web users with:
- Easily-defined basic timing relationships
- Fine-tuned synchronization
- Spatial layout
- Direct inclusion of non-text and non-image media
- Hyperlink support for time-based media
- Adaptiveness to varying user and system characteristics.
Publications about SMIL
2.0, Part 1: Overview, Concepts, and Structure"
by Dick C.A. Bulterman, IEEE Multimedia,
- "SMIL 2.0: XML For Web Multimedia"
by Lloyd Rutledge, IEEE Internet Computing,
- "An integrated environment for
the presentation of consistent SMIL 2.0 documents"
by P.N.M. Sampaio, et.al., Document Engineering 2001
Media Fragment Integration in Emerging Web Formats"
by Lloyd Rutledge and Patrick Schmitz,
Multimedia Modeling 2001
Technology in 3G Mobile Communication Systems"
by Ingo Elsen, et.al., IEEE Computer, September 2001
The GRiNS SMIL Player and Authoring Environment
Oratrix, a CWI spin-off company, has
developed a player and authoring environment for SMIL called GRiNS. See GRiNS for more information.
SMIL at CWI
CWI (Centrum voor Wiskunde en
Informatica) is the National Research Institute for Mathematics
and Computer Science in the Netherlands. The Multimedia
and Human-Computer Interaction Theme (INS2) within CWI researches
synchronized multimedia and its adaptability to user needs. Members of
this theme were active contributors to the development of SMIL.