By Nigel Chapman
An enormous new textbook "Digital Multimedia" by way of Nigel and Jenny Chapman presents a clean modern definition of the emergent self-discipline of multimedia. it really is designed to aid teachers by way of delivering a rigorous advent to the technical scope of this topic. With a coherent method of its multifarious nature, the booklet covers the entire crucial technical flooring, with complete understanding of the layout, cultural and usefulness points of multimedia. This ebook will motivate scholars to strengthen the opportunity of multimedia for brand spanking new varieties of expression which are enabled by means of desktops and networks. suggestions coated: Descriptions of the features of person media give you the crucial beginning issues for figuring out tips to mix them. photos, textual content and time-based media are brought within the context in their electronic illustration and manipulation. the combo of media in the varied frameworks of hypermedia and time-based authoring is defined. Interactivity via scripting, and the communications expertise that helps dispensed multimedia are expolored intimately. undefined, software program and networking services are completely specific with the backup of motivating and illuminating examples. All this and nonetheless the buzz of making multimedia is conveyed, making this as wealthy and worthwhile a ebook because the topic itself. aid for perform via ideas and concept: "Digital Multimedia" makes connection with the typical instruments and purposes used for construction and manipulation of media, yet a significant other textual content in improvement, "Digital Media Tools", due in Spring 2001, addresses the powerful use of those applications in additional element.
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Nowhere is this more evident than on the World Wide Web. When the first browsers became available for personal computers, all Web pages looked the same. Dominated by text in Times Roman, with rudimentary layout and a few images, these pages were distinguished from printed papers only by the presence of links to other pages that looked just the same. Information content was all. Now, several years later, the Web can support elaborate layout, typography, animation, video, sound, and interactivity.
The World Wide Web Consortium has done an exemplary job in addressing the problem of access for the disabled (we will describe the details in Chapter 13), but there is little evidence at present that many Web site designers are taking advantage of the facilities to make their Web pages more accessible to everyone. It is not within the scope of this book, or our own fields of expertise, to do justice 5 If you don't believe this, try turning off image loading in your Web browser. 20 Introduction to this aspect of access and to provide solutions, but we stress that this is an area which requires the most careful attention.
For example, it would be trivial to write a Web searching program which sought out Web pages with certain types of content, simply by looking at the PICS labels. Ironically, the mechanism intended to restrict access to certain material is itself the means by which that material may be most easily located. 29 30 Introduction A New Medium During the very brief history of digital multimedia to date, designers have consistently looked back to older forms for inspiration, adapting established ideas to the digital realm.