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A Discussion on Multimedia Multimedia or mixed-media systems offer presentations that integrate effects existing in a variety of formats including text graphics animation audio and video Such presentations first became commercially available in very primitive form in the early 1980s as a result of advances that have been made in digital compression technology-- particularly the difficult area of image compression Multimedia online services are obtainable through telephonecomputer or television links multimedia hardware and software exist for personal computers networks the internet interactive kiosks and multimedia presentations are available on CD-ROMs and various other mediums The use of multimedia in our society has it benefits and its drawbacks most defiantly Some of the more computer-related uses of multimedia such as electronic publishing the internet and computers in education will be discussed in depth thought this paper Electronic publishing is the publishing of material in a computer-accessible medium such as on a CD-ROM or on the Internet In a broader sense of the term it could also include paper products published with the aid of a desktop publishing program or any form of printing that involves the use of a computer Reference works became available in the mid-1980s both in CD-ROM format and online Increasingly in the 1990s magazines journals books and newspapers have become available in an electronic format and some are appearing in that format only Companies that publish technical manuals to accompany their other products have also been turning to electronic publishing Electronic books have been recently introduced to the world as a whole This new concept is the use of internet or otherwise computer technology to electronically convert books to a digital readable format viewed on a television set or computer screen This would most likely be done by scanning in individual pages in a book arrange them in
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