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SMIL for dummies
Williamson, Heather.
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Publication Information:
Foster City, CA : IDG Books Worldwide, [2001]

Physical Description:
xxii, 358 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.).
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Includes index.
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QA76.76.H94 W593 2001 Book and Software Set Central Closed Stacks

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The Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language is bringing smiles to the faces of Web developers everywhere. A markup language similar to HTML-and just as simple to use-SMIL lets you easily combine and synchronize text, still images, animations, audio, and video to create Web pages with loads of pizzazz. Don't worry SMIL is fully supported by most Web browsers, including Internet Explorer 5.5 and Netscape Navigator 6. And, SMIL isn't just for Web pages. You can use it to enhance multimedia presentations on a CD-ROM, to enliven computer-based training sessions, or just for the fun of it, in a RealPlayer, RealNetworks, or QuickTime multimedia presentation.

SMIL For Dummies is for absolutely anybody-regardless of prior experience-who wants to build scintillating multimedia presentations. Using three full-scale, from-the-ground-up SMIL examples, this friendly guide shows you how to:

Supercharge your Web site with the full range of multimedia effects Build classy multimedia presentations for all occasions Work with SMIL syntax Fine-tune multimedia placement and timing Enhance your presentations with link effects Create cool animation and transformation effects

Explore the nearly limitless possibilities SMIL offers for creating gorgeous multimedia presentations. From basic to advanced features, expert Heather Williamson covers all the bases with step-by-step coverage of, among other things:

Getting the hang of SMIL tags, elements ,and attributes Positioning your media, setting up regions, setting a sequence, understanding duration and delay Customizing your presentation Linking to the proper destinations Using links, anchors, and image maps Building your own radio station Producing your own cartoons Making your own movies

Just to make your first SMIL that much more fun, SMIL For Dummies comes with a bonus CD-ROM featuring:

SMIL Composer from Sausage Software - a SMIL editor RealSlideShow from RealNetworks - a SMIL authoring environment Evaluation versions of Paint Shop Pro A trial version of Hot Dog Professional All examples and images from the book

Even if you've never so much as seen a line of HTML code, SMIL For Dummies can show you how to unleash the awesome power of synchronized multimedia and create eye-popping Web pages and presentations

Author Notes

Heather Williamson runs a Web development and consulting business and is the author of several books, including HTML Master Reference.

Table of Contents

Part I SMILs, Everyone, SMILs: An Overview
Chapter 1 SMIL, It's Not Candid Camera
Chapter 2 All About Media Types
Chapter 3 Building the Framework
Part II Putting SMIL to Work
Chapter 4 Adding a Little SMIL to Your Web Site
Chapter 5 Displaying the Right Information
Part III A Time and Place for Everything
Chapter 6 Positioning Your Media
Chapter 7 Setting Up Regions
Chapter 8 Timing Is Everything
Chapter 9 Setting a Sequence
Chapter 10 Timing: It's All Relative ...; Unless It's Parallel
Chapter 11 Customizing Your Presentation
Part IV Linking Up
Chapter 12 Linking to the Proper Destination
Chapter 13 Using Links, Anchors, and Image Maps
Chapter 14 Nothing Is Better Than Animations (Except Transformations)
Part V Multimedia from the Ground Up
Chapter 15 Building Your Own Radio Station
Chapter 16 Revisiting the Silent Movie Era
Chapter 17 Producing Your Own Cartoon
Part VI The Part of Tens
Chapter 18 Top Ten Rules for Designing a Multimedia Site
Chapter 19 Top Ten SMIL Research Sites
Chapter 20 Top Ten SMIL Aggravations
Part VII Appendixes
AppendixA SMIL Composers and Players
AppendixB The SMIL Document Type Definitions
AppendixC The XML Background
AppendixD About the CD
AppendixE SMIL 2.0 Elements and Attributes
AppendixF RealPix/RealText Commands
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