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Just SMIL News: November 10, 1998

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Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998 10:10:08 -0800
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Just SMIL News for Nov 10, 1998
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Builder.com is currently running an extensive look at "Emerging Web
Standards." Among other technologies, SMIL is prominently featured. In one
of the most focused SMIL summaries yet, Kim Wimpsett explains the promise
of SMIL and the challenge it faces from the Microsoft and Macromedia
HTML+TIME proposal.

Streaming Media '98 concludes today at the San Francisco Grand Hyatt.
Coverage by Chris Oakes at Wired shows that the hopes are high for what
streaming media can eventually do. With a good number of SMIL supporters
presenting and exhibiting you can expect that the SMIL language has
received good mention during the two day conference and exhibition. Keynote
webcasts (streamed live, of course) are available from the conference Web
site. They also have video interviews with industry leaders. If you missed
the conference, you can catch Streaming Media Europe '99 in March and
Streaming Media East '99 during May in New York.

RealNetworks has posted a Web page that offers their take on the HTML+TIME
Web multimedia proposal of Microsoft, Macromedia, and Compaq. On the page,
Real expresses doubts about the heavy use of JavaScript by HTML+TIME. Their
posting is prominently displayed as a choice available to visitors of their
DevZone Library. Strangely absent is a similarly displayed document
explaining the power of SMIL.

According to Jeff Walsh at InfoWorld, Macromedia has announced Dreamweaver
2.0 will be available sometime in December. Of note in the update is new
support for XML. Since XML is an important component of SMIL and HTML+TIME,
that raises a question. Is Macromedia positioning Dreamweaver to inherit
the multimedia kingdom founded by their Director product? 


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