The Web has emerged as a dominant mode of making information available and is increasingly seen as the medium to support collaboration across boundaries of geography and time. To realize this potential, the Web must support viewing and manipulating of multi-source, multimedia objects that are interdependent, yet must be synchronized temporally and spatially. This paper presents a prototype tool, ACTS, which utilizes the W3C standard Web content technology, Synchronized Multimedia Integrated Language (SMIL), to provide framework temporal and spatial synchronization. ACTS is a NIST product using the ITL-developed S2M2 Java applet-based SMIL player that implements and extends the SMIL 1.0 specification. The ACTS prototype provides evidence that the Web can become an effective medium for collaboration over multimedia objects.
The Sixth International Conference on Distributed Multimedia Systems (DMS '99)
July 26-30, 1999
International Conference on Distributed Multimedia Systems