MID Announcement

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From: junod@oasys.dt.navy.mil (John Junod)
Newsgroups: comp.text.sgml
Subject: Announcing Draft Metafile for Interactive Documents (MID)
Date: 1 Dec 1994 17:02:44 -0500
Organization: David Taylor Model Basin, Carderock Division Hdqtrs, NSWC
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The Meta-File for Interactive Documents (MID), A Draft Specification
for the Encoding of Interactive Documents, November 1994
is now available in downloadable form on the Internet.

This draft of the MID Specification has been prepared for purposes of review
and comment by the general National and International technical community
interested in standards for Interactive Electronic Documents which require a
mechanism (i.e., script) for controlling the presentation of text, graphics,
and other multimedia information developed for electronic display.  It is
written as an application of ISO 8879 SGML and utilizes portions of the ISO
10744 HYTIME extensions to SGML.  While it was initiated by the Navy for
purposes of developing a run-time standard for DoD Interactive Electronic
Technical Manuals (IETMs), the MID Standard has been intentionally developed
to be suitable for inclusion in an International-Level standard and to be
applicable to generic scripted interactive documents of any nature and for any
application.  The Navy point of contact is Eric Jorgensen, CDNSWC Code 182,
email: jorgense@oasys.dt.navy.mil.

The available downloadable files are:

        MID.DOC          MicroSoft Word for Windows Version 2 of the Draft MID
        MID.PS           Postscript Version of the Draft MID Specification
        MID.DEC          MID SGML Declartion File
        MID.DTD          MID SGML DTD

        MIDEXAMP.SGM     MID Example Instance
        MID.WRI          MicroSoft Windows Write Version 3.1 Draft MID
        README.MID       The Readme file in ASCII form

This directory is accessible via anonymous FTP to navysgml.dt.navy.mil
in the pub/ietm/mid directory.

This directory is also accessible from the NAVY DTD/FOSI Repository
via the Wide World Web via http://navysgml.dt.navy.mil/
(POC for the NAVY DTD/FOSI Repository is Betty Harvey, CDNSWC Code 183,
Bethesda, MD 20084-5000 or via email: harvey@oasys.dt.navy.mil)

Follow-up inquires and comments to the MID Specification should be
addressed to Eric Jorgensen, CDNSWC Code 182, Bethesda, MD 20084-5000
or via email: jorgense@oasys.dt.navy.mil