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 a framework of temporal and spatial synchronization. ACTS is a National Institute of Standards and Technology, Information Technology Laboratory (NIST/ITL) prototype which is based on our 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.
February 1, 2000
International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge