I think that is a great idea. Would it be possible to use such a language to
query the various directories of audio content (kerbango.com, shoutcast.com,
penguinaudio.com, live365.com, radiospy,com, broadcast.com, and others) to
create a metadirectory that could then be integrated into media player
and/or other hardware/software interfaces (without the browser)?

on 7/12/00 6:19 PM, David Sweet at [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

> As it stands, network audio tuning -- locating audio files and streams
> -- is ineffcient.  Most network audio portal sites require the user to
> locate audio files and streams using a web browser and then to play the
> files/streams with an audio player.  Sites that support audio hardware
> (ex., www.kerbango.com, www.penguinaudio.com) collect audio URLs and
> format them for the hardware being supported.  This hardware then accesses
> audio conent by querying the web site.
> The problems, as I see them are:
> 1) On the desktop, accessing audio via WWW/HTML adds an
> unnecessary step and application launch (the WWW browser) to the process
> of accessing audio.
> 2) The non-uniform method of presenting audio content makes it
> difficult for special-purpose audio hardware/software to find and access
> it.
> 3) Audio hardware traditionally has a small user interface (eg., a
> radio, walkman, car stereo etc.) that could not support WWW browsing.
> This is reasonable since the devices is intendend to deliver aural, not
> visual content.  This makes WWW-based tuning clumsy and inefficient.
> [Centralized solutions to problem 2 (i.e., web sites such as
> www.kerbango.com) are suboptimal in that they require new audio content
> providers to submit their URL to (or have it found by) the hardware
> company.  Contrast this with the WWW where only the end user needs to know
> the URL to access a web page.]
> To solve these problems, I am working on NATL, the Network Audio Tuning
> Language.  It is an XML document type that describes network audio
> content.  It is intended to be the basis of a worl-wide-web of audio
> content.
> I would like to hear comments and critcism from this community about NATL
> and your thoughts on integrating NATL browsing into Freeamp.  I'd be very
> interested in doing the programming on the Linux/UNIX side, but have no
> experience with the other platforms.
> You can find more information on NATL at
> http://www.chaos.umd.edu/~dsweet/NATL including the DTD, sample NATL
> scenarios, and software.  A description of an NATL file is included below.
> Thanks for reading.
> David Sweet
> An NATL document consists of a list of audio files/streams to play, meta
> information about the collection of audio files/streams, and links to
> other NATL pages.  A future version of the NATL DTD will include a
> mechanism for identifying the user for the purpose of delivering
> customized content.
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