Keep SMILing [B6]


Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL – pronounced “smile”) is a W3C standard markup language that adds powerful multimedia and timing capabilities to basic layout and formatting. SMIL allows you to create sophisticated looking presentations without the need to purchase expensive or complicated software or develop expertise as a video or audio editor. See last year’s IWMW presentation Customers, Suppliers, and the Need for Partnerships by Stephen Emmott for an example of a SMIL presentation.

In this session we will give an introduction to the SMIL standard and show how it can be used to create rich multimedia presentations. We will explore some of the problems and issues that arise when creating SMIL presentations, such as quality and copyright issues, and we will look briefly at some of the alternative technologies for creating time based presentations, comparing these to SMIL.

A PC lab is not available for this session but we intend to provide a number of laptops for hands-on use. If you have your own laptop that you could take along to the session then it would be very helpful to have a SMIL player such as Real Player (click on ‘Download the free RealPlayer only), the free Audacity audio editing software and LAME encoder installed on it, as these will be used in the hands-on demonstration. If you have any questions about the session or installation of these programmes please contact

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session participants will:

  • A basic understanding of how the W3C SMIL standard can be used to create rich multimedia presentations.
  • Experience of creating a SMIL presentation, which will help them to create presentations of their own.