Along with the integration of computers and communications, multimedia applications have become an important trend in information technology in the 1990s. So-called electronic mail, or e-mail, has been in use for more than two decades. In recent years, steps have been taken toward developing multimedia e-mail systems. In this article, we discuss a multimedia electronic mail system-Merlin. The system, which is based on X-window, consists of three subsystems: a multimedia mail editor subsystem, a mail user interface subsystem, and a deliver/receive subsystem. The editor subsystem provides all the necessary functions for editing mail documents in multimedia format, which includes text, graphics, audio, and images. The user interface subsystem enhances the existing e-mail interface so that users can easily manipulate different types of multimedia mail, including traditional text mail. The deliver/receive subsystem is also an improved version of the conventional e-mail system, with automatic compression/decompression and encoding/decoding. All the functions in the three subsystems are complete and working. Merlin is currently installed on a network environment running UNIX and X11/R5.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Science Council, Republic of China, Part A: Physical Science and Engineering|
|State||Published - 1 May 1994|