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Re: SMIL State paper wins Best Paper at ACM Document Engineering Symposium

From: Erik Bruchez <ebruchez@orbeon.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 10:00:18 -0700
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BTW downloading that article costs $10.


On Sep 20, 2008, at 5:19 AM, John Boyer wrote:

> Jack Jansen and Dick Bulterman won the Best Paper award at the 2008  
> ACM Symposium on Document Engineering for their paper entitled  
> "Enabling Adaptive Time-based Web Applications with SMIL State" [1]
> [1] http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1410140.1410146&coll=GUIDE&dl=GUIDE&type=series&idx=SERIES10668&part=series&WantType=Proceedings&title=DocEng&CFID=://www.icmc.usp.br/ 
> ~doceng08/&CFTOKEN=www.icmc.usp.br/~doceng08/
> The paper presents a very interesting mix of SMIL, XForms and other  
> technologies to enable end-users to customize their  experience of  
> content where time dictates the major structure.  One example given  
> is of a video bike tour of Amsterdam created by the first author.   
> Fragments of the video content can be identified and tagged with  
> keywords.  During run-time, an XForm is used to allow an end-user to  
> select from the available keywords those which they find  
> interesting, and the corresponding fragments of video are played.
> This is the type of thinking that will clearly help make video  
> content a first class citizen on the web.  There is significant  
> potential for the use of this technology for stream-lining educative  
> experiences as well.  Imagine, for example, a 2-hour audiovisual  
> presentation that provides a thorough introduction to a topic, say  
> CSS.  But suppose the end-user really needs to know only about  
> setting up borders on tables.  By selecting the content, the user  
> can find out what they need to know in 10 minutes.  What's more, it  
> is easy to imagine how the technology reported in [1] could be  
> refined to attenuate the video content download to the selected  
> fragments.
> A second example reported in [1] pertains to ad selection within  
> video content.  When you download free video for your favorite  
> entertainment, you're going to get ads and you won't have the  
> ability to skip them because otherwise how do people manage to make  
> a living providing you with this free entertainment??  So, sprinkled  
> through the video will be ad slots with default advertisements lined  
> up.  But, in addition there will be hotspots on the video where  
> various product icons may appears from time to time, and if the user  
> clicks the icon, then the default ad is replaced with an ad  
> corresponding to the clicked icon.  Thus, you could find out what's  
> new at the electronics shop in lieu of an ad for laundry soap or  
> some such.
> It's a great example on the technical side of the need for  
> interactive video, but this is because there's huge market potential  
> for this idea.  Not only does the user get a more pleasant ad  
> experience with their free content, but the content provider gets to  
> find out what their audience is most interested in, and the  
> advertisers get to find out what content their customers are most  
> interested in.  Very Web 2.0.
> I encourage you to download and read the paper.
> Best regards,
> John M. Boyer, Ph.D.
> STSM, Interactive Documents and Web 2.0 Applications
> Chair, W3C Forms Working Group
> Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Software
> IBM Victoria Software Lab
> E-Mail: boyerj@ca.ibm.com
> Blog: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/JohnBoyer
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