Desktop Conversations — The Future of Multimedia Conferencing

Part of the BT Telecommunications Series book series (BTTS, volume 16)


The history of human beings documents an ongoing desire to communicate at distance. The close-up interaction of body language works at very short distances, while the spoken word can work to large audiences over longer distances. The spoken word is an attempt to translate thoughts into a code which effectively conveys meaning to a listener, and this ‘translation and coding’ element forms a common thread through all communications theory. Where the spoken word is too quiet, then shouts can be used over longer distances at the cost of a significant loss of both intelligibility and speed of transmission.


Local Area Network Audio Signal File Transfer Pictorial Information Standard Suite 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • M Russ
    • 1
  1. 1.BT LaboratoriesAudiographic ConferencingChina

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