Re: W3C NEWS: The World Wide Web Consortium Issues SMIL 1.0 [...]

Robert Harley (
Tue, 16 Jun 1998 12:01:58 +0200 (MET DST)

Sally K wrote:
>The World Wide Web Consortium Issues SMIL 1.0 as a W3C Recommendation
>Cross-Industry Support for Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language,
>Bringing TV-Like Content to the Web
>[...testimonials, everything is rosy in SMIL-land...]

However someone is spoiling the party:

>W3C Steps Into Microsoft-RealNetworks Fight
>Although Microsoft was a member of the W3C working
>group that developed SMIL, the company said it does not
>plan to base its NetShow steaming-media software
>around the new platform.
>The standard's most prominent support so far has come
>from Seattle-based RealNetworks, which has made
>SMIL the foundation of its new G2 streaming-media
>software. The G2 system, available in a preview version,
>also is due in final form this summer.
>The fight for market share between G2 and Microsoft's
>NetShow will determine the long-term viability of the
>SMIL standard. Early versions of the two multimedia
>players can read the other company's files, but the latest,
>most heavily hyped versions are moving apart.

Oh well, gotta dash to install Linux on some more Alpha's we just
bought... apparently the machines "with Linux" are actually "without
anything else".