Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL) is an application for the simple authoring of rich media or multimedia (audio/visual) presentations. Learn more about this XML standard often used for animation features in other languages.
In the words of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL 2.1) - [Second Edition] [W3C Recommendation] "enables simple authoring of interactive [audio/visual] presentations. SMIL is typically used for ['rich media' or multimedia] presentations, which integrate streaming audio and video with images, text, or any other media type. SMIL is an easy-to-learn HTML-like language, and many SMIL presentations are written using a simple [text editor]." SMIL is a product of the W3C Synchronized Multimedia activity, and is often used for multimedia and animation features in other languages, including Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG).
- Get up to speed with SMIL 2.0 by Anne Zieger offers a high-level overview of the technology and implementations (developerWorks, September 2002).
- SMIL 2.0 -- Interactive Multimedia on the Web [PDF] by Lynda Hardman and Lloyd Rutledge is an in-depth tutorial.
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