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RE: Status of SMIL

From: Andrew Kirkpatrick <andrew_kirkpatrick@wgbh.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2004 11:15:16 -0400
To: "'Patrick Lauke'" <P.H.Lauke@salford.ac.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20040623151519.BD26DA1823@frink.w3.org>

> One thing that still annoys me is that, although QT 
> understands SMIL just fine, the player does not associate 
> itself automatically with the .sml and .smil extensions, 
> meaning that users with QT need to explicitly open the 
> player, then force it to open the SMIL file...rather convoluted.

This is up to the Windows user to set on their machine, and yes, it is a
pain.  The best way around this is to create a ref movie using a free app
called MakeRefMovie
(http://developer.apple.com/quicktime/quicktimeintro/tools/).  This creates
a QT .mov that has sole purpose -- to tell the QT player to open another
file (in this case, a SMIL file).  Works every time.

> Another way to do it would be to embed a QT object in a web 
> page and forcing the file to be displayed via Quicktime that 
> way. (unless this has changed now, haven't looked at the 
> issue in the last few months, admittedly).

Even doing this doesn't necessarily guarantee that Real won't try to
commandeer the playback of the file.  There is a qtsrc attribute that can be
used, but this will make the pages invalid XHTML.  

Received on Wednesday, 23 June 2004 11:15:19 UTC

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