Integration of Web Browsers and Interactive TV.
Masters thesis, Computing Laboratory, University of Kent at Canterbury.
Interactive TV(ITV) technologies enhance the conventional TV services and enable user--content interaction. The World Wide Web is currently the most popular approach to information exchange. The ``Integration of Interactive TV and web browsers'' project studies the convergence of the two areas which is important since both areas can benefit each other. We focus on an ITV extension for an existing web browser. The ``Multimedia and Hypermedia information coding Experts Group'' part 5 (MHEG-5) standard is selected as representative for the ITV area, and the Extensible Markup Language (XML) and Document Object Model (DOM) standards for the web browsers area. We present the design and implementation of an MHEG extension for a web browser and integrate the MHEG and DOM event models in order to achieve an easier and more compact MHEG event model implementation. Our study provides the foundation for the convergence of the two technologies by a thorough study, implementation and evaluation of ITV and browser integration.
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