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close this book Expanding access to science and technology
close this folder Session 3: New technologies and media for information retrieval and transfer
close this folder Multimedia technology: A design challenge
View the document Abstract
View the document 1. Introduction
View the document 2. What are communication media and how do they differ?
View the document 3. Are human beings aware of the capabilities of different media?
View the document 4. What can the technology do now?
View the document 5. User centred or design centred?
View the document 6. The PROMISE multimedia interface project
View the document 7. How does one design a multimedia interface?
View the document 8. Some initial guidelines
View the document 9. Conclusions
View the document 10. Acknowledgements
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The term multimedia used in this paper refers to different presentation media such as sound, graphics, text, etc. The possible benefits of a multimedia approach are discussed and some examples are given of how different media affect knowledge comprehension in human beings. An indication is given of what multimedia facilities are currently available. The PROMISE multimedia interface project is described, and in particular a possible approach to the formulation of a multimedia design methodology is proposed. Some initial guidelines on multimedia interface design are given. Although some of the ideas expressed here come from work in process control, they are likely to be generalizable to wider domains.