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Network Access to Multimedia Information (RFC1614)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002450D
Original Publication Date: 1994-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

C. Adie: AUTHOR

Abstract

This report summarises the requirements of research and academic network users for network access to multimedia information. It does this by investigating some of the projects planned or currently underway in the community. Existing information systems such as Gopher, WAIS and World-Wide Web are examined from the point of view of multimedia support, and some interesting hypermedia systems emerging from the research community are also studied. Relevant existing and developing standards in this area are discussed. The report identifies the gaps between the capabilities of currentlydeployed systems and the user requirements, and proposes further work centred on the World-Wide Web system to rectify this.

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Network Working Group C. Adie

Request for Comments: 1614 Edinburgh University Computing Service

RARE Technical Report: 8 May 1994

Category: Informational

Network Access to Multimedia Information

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo

does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of

this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

This report summarises the requirements of research and academic

network users for network access to multimedia information. It does

this by investigating some of the projects planned or currently

underway in the community. Existing information systems such as

Gopher, WAIS and World-Wide Web are examined from the point of view

of multimedia support, and some interesting hypermedia systems

emerging from the research community are also studied. Relevant

existing and developing standards in this area are discussed. The

report identifies the gaps between the capabilities of

currentlydeployed systems and the user requirements, and proposes

further work centred on the World-Wide Web system to rectify this.

The report is in some places very detailed, so it is preceded by an

extended summary, which outlines the findings of the report.

Publication History

The first edition was released on 29 June 1993. This second edition

contains minor changes, corrections and updates.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 2

Disclaimer 2

Availability 3

0. Extended Summary 3

1. Introduction 10

1.1. Background 10

1.2. Terminology 11

2. User Requirements 13

2.1. Applications 13

2.2. Data Characteristics 18

2.3. Requirements Definition 19

3. Existing Systems 24

3.1. Gopher 24

3.2. Wide Area Information Server 30

3.3. World-Wide Web 34

3.4. Evaluating Existing Tools 42

4. Research 47

4.1. Hyper-G 47

4.2. Microcosm 48

4.3. AthenaMuse 2 50

4.4. CEC Research Programmes 51

4.5. Other ...