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Multimedia Document Creation by Structured Document Processing

Noriyuki Yamasaki, Software Development Center, Hitachi, Ltd.
Yukio Hoshi, Software Development Center, Hitachi, Ltd.

ABSTRACT

Electronic document processing has advanced through the spread of word processors and personal computers.

Originally conceived to ease production of text-based works, electronic document processing now improves presentation techniques and audience understanding by using multimedia - images, audio, and movies, among others.

Electronic documents are becoming increasingly available due to advances in floppy disk technology, CD-ROM, communications, the Internet, databases, and on-line services.

Further efficiency improvement in document production poses a major challenge. We propose structured document processing as a method for solving this problem.

This method treats each element of a multimedia document as a discrete object. Documents are created by combining a number of these objects in a single logical structure.

Structuring the creative process results in improved efficiency and assures compatibility with the Internet. A common format gives the creator access to a wide variety of storage media.


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