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>                          IETF Meeting in Amsterdam
>                               BOF Session on
>The ready availability of user-friendly multimedia authoring tools such
>as Authorware Professional, Asymmetrix Multimedia Toolbook, Macromind
>Director and many more, has stimulated much interest in multimedia
>within the user community.  Sophisticated interactive multimedia
>applications are being developed in many disparate subjects and for a
>wide range of purposes.  Users are now beginning to ask us, as network
>technologists, "how can I make my multimedia application available to
>others across the network?".
>In a parallel development, existing client-server network information
>retrieval tools are being enhanced with multimedia handling features. 
>Gopher+ for instance has been designed with multimedia data firmly in
>mind.  The World Wide Web project is currently defining a new version of
>its hypertext markup language, to be called HMML - HyperMedia Markup
>Language - which includes multimedia support.
>A third strand of activity is the emergence of network technologies
>capable of carrying audio and video data across the network, initially
>driven by multimedia conferencing applications.  Network technologies
>such as ATM and protocols such as RTP are potentially capable of
>handling isochronous multimedia data in an effective way. 
>This BOF session will focus on issues which link these three strands. 
>Particular questions to be addressed are:
>* What are user requirements in terms of responsiveness, and what demands
>  this places on the network and server system, and how these might
>  be mitigated.
>* The prospects for making existing interactive multimedia applications
>  available over the network - eg by writing conversion tools from
>  proprietary formats to a suitable open format.
>* To what extent can existing network information retrieval tools such as
>  Gopher, WWW, WAIS be used for sophisticated multimedia applications?
>  What about the tools emerging from the research community such as
>  AthenaMuse 2 (MIT), Microcosm (U of Southampton), HyperG (U of Graz)?
>  Do we need another tool, or can we build on what we have?
>* How can such tools be enhanced to take advantage of isochronous
>  data streams?
>* What relevance do standards such as HyTime and MHEG have?
>The BOF is intended to test interest in the subject, to define issues
>that need resoving, and to see whether a WG can be formed to work on
>those issues.