The Multimedia Information Systems Revolution: The Unfolding of a Reality

Part of the The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 398)


Multimedia is an old concept that has been given new meaning by the computer industry through their efforts to create multimedia-capable computing platforms. Multimedia can be scholarly defined as the ‘interactive dramatisation of information’. Multimedia technology uses the computer to combine text, graphics, animation, audio and full-motion video under the user’s control. Although combinations of these functions have been available for some years, it has been difficult to integrate them so that the non-technical user can manipulate them and thereby create documents or applications that incorporate all these features. Traditionally, putting together such a presentation requires the skills of a computer programmer or an information technology specialist. In the past few years there has been sporadic use made of multimedia materials both in academia and in industry, but this has been largely driven by skilled individuals working ad hoc and in isolation.


Multimedia Application Multimedia System Authoring System Interactive Multimedia Joint Photographic Expert Group 
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