A common-sense description of multimedia might be: the ability to combine the creative possibilities of radio and television programs, newspapers, books, magazines, comic books, animated films and music disks into one set of computer files accessed by the same piece of software to provide and integrated seamless experience, where user input to some extent determines the manner in which the material is accessed. It is therefore interactive. The computer’s ability to have rapid access to the files which constitutes this material makes the linear model of the radio or television program seem old-fashioned and limited. Interactivity, where the user to some extent determines the text or, more accurately, the order in which the text unfolds, offers great creative potential. It also offers a great creative challenge, with the possibility of an interactive movie very likely to give the traditional script writer something approaching a migraine headache to the power of 5.
Digital Multimedia, 2nd edition Nigel Chapman & Jenny Chapman
Prologue “The Creative Challenge” by Brent MacGregor – Edinburgh College of Art
Information can be conveyed in the form of text, still images, Web pages, slideshow presentations, video, sound or interactive tooltips.