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RE: multimedia definition

From: Gregg Vanderheiden <gv@trace.wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 13:00:05 -0600
To: "'John M Slatin'" <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <00c301c5ff4e$4430fbc0$ee8cfea9@NC6000BAK>


But if interactive audio is media then it isn't multimedia.    And according
to our definition (or what we thought needed to be covered by multimedia)
interactive audio or interactive video needed to be in there...


So we would have to rewrite all our guidelines to say "Multimedia and media
mixed with interaction."    

Oops that doesn't work.  


It would have to be  "Multimedia and time based media mixed with


"Multimedia and video or audio mixed with interaction."


Hmm.   Hard to parse the ands and ors


I think we need to keep interaction in multimedia.   


It goes back to the list form which is a terrible format for definitions




audio or video synchronized with interactivity or another media type
including text, images, (video), (audio), etc.





A time based media (such as video or sound) synchronized with interactivity
or another media type including text, images, video, audio, etc.










 -- ------------------------------ 
Gregg C Vanderheiden Ph.D. 
Professor - Ind. Engr. & BioMed Engr.
Director - Trace R & D Center 
University of Wisconsin-Madison 


From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On Behalf
Of John M Slatin
Sent: Monday, December 12, 2005 12:41 PM
To: Gregg Vanderheiden; w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Subject: RE: multimedia definition


Gregg responded to my proposed rewrite of the multimedia definition:



Actually the interactivity as a medium came from Wikipedia.


I thought that was interesting because it is necessary as a media for our
definition as well.


Interactive audio for example is considered multimedia.   And it consists of
audio and interaction.





I'd be fine with listing "interactive audio" and "interactive video" as
separate media.


It makes me nervous to treat Wikopedia as an authoritative source, precisely
because it advertises itself as "the encyclopedia that can be edited by


The Wikopedia definition of "multimedia" links to an article on
"interactivity" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interactivity) which is
flagged as needing work. What's there now does not describe interactivity as
a medium.


So here's a modified version of the rewrite I proposed:


Several different media, including at least one time based media type,
integrated in a single presentation.  Media may include text, audio
(including interactive audio), graphics, and video (including interactive



I deleted the third sentence from my previous proposal since interactivity
is now incorporated into the list of media types.


I also deleted animation from the list of multimedia types since our
definition of "video" (accepted 8 December) includes animation. But it
wouldn't bother me to include it explicitly here if people want to do that.




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