<XML><RECORDS><RECORD><REFERENCE_TYPE>0</REFERENCE_TYPE><REFNUM>6434</REFNUM><AUTHORS><AUTHOR>Purchase,H.C.</AUTHOR></AUTHORS><YEAR>1998</YEAR><TITLE>Defining Multimedia</TITLE><PLACE_PUBLISHED>IEEE Multimedia, 5(1)</PLACE_PUBLISHED><PUBLISHER>N/A</PUBLISHER><PAGES>8-15</PAGES><LABEL>Purchase:1998:6434</LABEL><ABSTRACT>Multimedia means different things to different people. The aim of this paper is to enable multimedia communication to be concretely defined with respect to a semiotic model of media objects. This model is based on a common classification of semiotic representational systems, and uses three dimensions of sign, syntax and modality. By separating the classification of the nature of the text to be communicated from the nature of the technology or interaction, the model provides a focussed terminology for consistent and appropriate discussion about multimedia texts. In addition, this approach encourages a broad view of multimedia communication, and enables definitions of varying inclusiveness to be proposed and refined.</ABSTRACT></RECORD></RECORDS></XML>