Multimedia presentations on your mobile: W3C Releases SMIL 2.1

Multimedia presentations on your mobile: W3C Releases SMIL 2.1


Thanks to a landmark initiative by the World Wide Web consortium (W3C), multimedia presentations will soon be available to view on your mobile device. The consortium has just announced the publication of the Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL 2.1) as a W3C Recommendation which is slated to give multimedia technology a major boost in getting compatible to normal mobile devices.

The consortium is bullish on the new opportunities which will be unfolding now. Chris Lilley, Chair of W3C’s Hypertext Coordination Group commented, “Today with SMIL 2.1, W3C makes good on the promise of first class multimedia presentations for the mobile Web. Many vendors have already voiced their support for SMIL 2.1, in addition to the 3rd Generation Partnership Project.”

SMIL 2.1 has been evolved with its extended mobile profile features on the basis of close coordination between associations of users and the Synchronized Multimedia (SYMM) Working Group. Marking a major upgrade over the SMIL 2.0 specification, the SMIL 2.1 Extended Mobile Profile has been defined to include all modules of the 3GPP2 SMIL Language Profile. It is also well equipped to define additional profiles.

For instance, it can enhance the toolbox for multimedia presentation designers, facilitate full-screen transitions, and is capable of enhancing visual as well as audio layouts.