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On the threshold of the 21st century an old dream of mankind became reality: Multimedia. But what exactly is ... Multimedia?

Already in the fifties and sixties "Multimedia"-slideshows with fade-over technologies and accompanying music were popular. The literal meaning comes from the latin multus = "many, multiple, ..." and medium = "a channel or system of communication, information, or entertainment".

Multimedia includes ...

Audio (speech, sounds, music, ...),

Video (text, graphics, pictures, animations, movies, ...) and

Interactivity (via keyboard, mouse, ...).

Multimedia on the Internet ...

The most exciting approach at the moment and we expect this to continue in the future - is multimedia via Internet, i.e. the presentation of text, graphics, audio and video in an interactive Hypermedia-application within a WWW-browser.

The World Wide Web (WWW) is probably the most successful network information system in history. One of the advantages is certainly the ease of use of its interface. 

Since the introduction of the WWW, clickable navigation introduced the concept of hypertext and hypermedia to many computer users all over the world. Although these concepts seems to be new and unique to WWW, we must not ignore that systems such as Memex, Augment, Xanadu, Zog, Owl and many other  pre-WWW hypertext systems contributed much to the research in hypermedia and multimedia systems.