chapter  17
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- Multimedia User Interface Design

The distinguishing characteristics of multimedia are information-intensive applications that have a complex design space for presenting information to people. Design of multimedia interfaces currently leaves a lot to be desired. As with many technologies, it is the fascination with new devices, functions, and forms of interaction that has motivated design rather than ease of use, or even utility of practical applications. Poor usability limits the effectiveness of multimedia products, which might look good but do not deliver effective use (Scaife et al. 1997). With the growth of the web, use of media has become a vital component of attractive and engaging design.