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AbstractStreaming audio became available on the Web in 1995, but with the development of the Synchronized MultimediaIntegration Language (SMIL), the technology has reached a new level of maturity. SMIL is based on the XML standard, andallows audio, video, images, and text to be integrated. The implications for Web based pedagogy are tremendous. We now havethe opportunity to do training on the desktop in a feature-rich open environment. We will give a basic background in streamingmedia technology, discuss the standards, the current state of the art, our experience with RealNetworks , how to takeadvantage of it in an intranet environment, and touch on future developments, including the integration of testing engines.