TESTIMONIALS: The World Wide Web Consortium Issues SMIL 1.0 as a W3C Recommendation

Sally Khudairi (khudairi@w3.org)
Mon, 15 Jun 1998 17:52:50 +0200

ACCESS =B7 Bell Labs =B7 CLRC / Rutherford Appleton Laboratory =B7 CWI /
Amsterdam =B7 DAISY Consortium =B7 Netscape =B7 NIST =B7 The Productivity=
=B7 RealNetworks =B7 Veon =B7=20

"SMIL brings the synchronized integration of
video/audio broadcasting and WWW contents.
ACCESS' NetFront Browser for TVs, Settopboxes, and
other consumer appliances will support SMIL and
enable the processing of a variety of synchronized
multimedia applications for non-PC area. This will
definitely be one of the key technologies in
Internet-enabling home appliances."
-- Dr. Tomihisa Kamada, Executive Vice President,
R&D, ACCESS Co., Ltd.=20

"The adoption of SMIL is another step toward the
development of truly transparent global multimedia
experiences on the Web with no technical or stylistic
barriers. Bell Labs is leading efforts to support
multi-party multimedia communication on networks.
SMIL will make the Web a richer environment for human
communication - from speech recognition to video
encoding to virtual applications - and will allow for more
seamless integration of multimedia elements."
-- Sid Ahuja, Director of the Multimedia
Communications Research Laboratory, Bell Labs,
the Research and Development arm of Lucent

"SMIL will provide a standard basis for integration of
video and audio into the Web with support for
alternatives to tailor presentations for maximum
accessibility. CLRC is pleased to endorse SMIL, and
as part of the European Chameleon project consortium
we are proud that our GRiNS reference browser for
SMIL has been made available to W3C members.
CLRC believes that wide acceptance of SMIL will
greatly facilitate the re-use of video material, thereby
particularly enhancing the infrastructure for education
and life long learning. We look forward to working on
version 2.0 of SMIL when we hope that the alternatives
mechanism included in SMIL will be made more widely
available throughout W3C technologies."
-- Professor F. Robert Hopgood, Associate
Director, Department for Computation and
Information, CCLRC=20

"The adoption of SMIL represents a major step in
integrating multimedia applications within the Web
architecture. SMIL's simple and declarative structure will
allow developers to build flexibile and portable
applications that can initially be used with stand-alone
SMIL player and later integrated into standard Web
-- Dr. Dick Bulterman, Head, Multimedia and
Human-Computer Interaction, CWI / Amsterdam=20

"The SMIL specification is exactly what the DAISY
Consortium needs to move forward with the
developments of digital talking books for persons who
are blind or who have other print disabilities. more than
150 libraries from 19 countries, which currently make up
the DAISY Consortium will start to use the SMIL
specification in the production and distribution of our
books. The W3C SMIL Recommendation advances the
standards for the next generation of information
technology for persons who cannot read standard print."
-- George Kerscher, Project Manager, DAISY

"With much care and diligence, the W3C has created
an important standard which provides a means for
ensuring interoperability for rich content on the Web.
Netscape is pleased to see SMIL become a W3C
-- Jim Hamerly, Vice President, Client Products,
Netscape Communications=20

"SMIL is the center piece of Web technology for driving
the digital multimedia over the Internet. It provides the
mechanism for content applications to interface with
other Internet protocols such as IETF's RTP and RTSP,
as well as being an easy-to-use, media-independent
scripting language to synchronize any existing and
future multimedia applications."
-- Wo Chang, Project Leader of Streaming
Synchronized Multimedia, Advanced Network
Technologies Division, Information Technology
Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and

"The SMIL specification is a major step forward that
allows for the creation of a new range of multi-media
Web-based materials for education, industry, and the
individual consumer. We whole heartedly support SMIL
and we are in the process of bringing out products that
support these new opportunities as well as providing
links for SMIL players from our existing products."
-- Ray Ingram, Executive Vice President, The
Productivity Works, Inc.=20

"SMIL is a fundamentally important enhancement to the
Web architecture and is the result of broad industry
collaboration and support. Now that the industry has
agreed on a standard for authoring and presenting web
based multimedia, the flood gates on rich media
programming are wide open. The W3C has once again
demonstrated outstanding leadership and effective
rigorous processes for extending the value and
usefulness of the Web."
-- Rob Glaser, Founder and CEO, RealNetworks=20

"Veon is enthusiastically supporting the W3C
Recommendation for SMIL as a creator of tools and
applications for the computer and TV convergence
marketplace. SMIL provides an industry standard
method for creating dynamic, "playable" content that
can be scaled to meet the needs of streaming media
whether its being viewed througha low bandwidth
connection or through a wider broadband pipe. It also
defines a new and exciting method for giving the Internet
a TV look and for bringing Web-like interactivity to the
TV. Veon is supporting SMIL both in its V-Active tool set
and its Media Activation Server which creates SMIL
presentations dynamically.
-- Udi Peleg, Chief Technology Officer, Veon