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In early 1996, a concern rapidly gained considerable importance on the Web - the development of multimedia, either static as with images and text, or dynamic with sound and video. Such documents had to be guaranteed to remain usable in such heterogeneous environments as a computer, a cell phone and a TV set. Several W3C work groups were set up to devise solutions. I have been working for several years in one of these groups called "Synchronized multimedia Working Group".

The group was seeded in 1995, with the goal of adapting multimedia documents to the Web, defining temporal relations between the different information elements in a document and planning how sound, images and video will fit together within the space of the screen as well as in time. This work group develops a language called SMIL, to which INRIA researchers greatly contributed, especially through concepts developed during my doctoral thesis. The first SMIL version was standardized in June 1998, the second one in August 2001, Version 2.1 in may 2005. The format is already widely used, for example by Realplayer and by MMS multimedia messages that succeed SMS messages in a version adapted to cell phones.

Here are my contributions to W3C Recommendations.

And other W3C Working Drafts that did not complete.

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