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Compact Disc


Multimedia is a computer application that employs more than one medium to convey information. Examples of multimedia include:

  • text with graphics
  • text with photos
  • text with sound
  • text with animation
  • text with video
  • graphics with sound
  • photos with sound
  • animation with sound
  • video with sound

As indicated in Table 3, some multimedia combinations require very large amounts of disc storage space.

To date, most multimedia applications have been text-based with multimedia features added. Many multimedia applications, however, make heavy use of memory-intensive features such as video and sound. Although the CD-ROM is not a requirement for multimedia on the personal computer, its impressive storage capacity makes it a logical choice for delivering multimedia documentation.

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