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Gap analysis: SMIL

From: John C. Wang <John.Wang@IAdea.com>
Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2012 14:41:21 +0800
Message-ID: <50936B11.6040006@IAdea.com>
To: public-websignage@w3.org
Dear all:

On our Wiki, section R1, gap analysis section on SMIL, it states near
the end:

"SMIL doesn't fulfill all requirements for visualization and animation
of contents. If web-based signage requires SMIL approach, this BG has to
discuss detailed requirements for SMIL."

I believe this statement is incorrect. While I am not sure quite exactly
was meant by "visualization", SMIL does provide mechanisms to display
media objects using <video>, <img>, <brush>, and <text> tags. Also it
does facilitate animation (actually, it is one of its most valued
features) via the <animate> tag.

I'd recommending replacing the above line with

"SMIL by itself does not offer dynamic scripting capabilities to render
live information such as time, calendar, live social feeds, etc. However
it can do so by integrating HTML-based dynamic content. This BG may wish
to discuss formalizing the integration between SMIL and HTML."

Respectfully submitted,

John C. Wang
IAdea: Digital Signage Media Appliances
http://www.IAdea.com
Skype: jcwang_tw
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