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Modern computer systems have changed the way that conference proceedings can be presented and archived. No longer are researchers limited by printed text; electronic proceedings allow one to search the proceedings, add and share annotations, and create paths of related concepts through the proceedings. These additional capabilities extend the opportunities and benefit the thought processes of actual conference participants and the new virtual participants who experience the conference through the electronic proceedings.

In this paper, we discuss the construction of electronic conference proceedings, highlighting the role of talks and other presentations (and, particularly, the audio and video of these talks and presentations) in electronic proceedings. In particular, we discuss the benefits of incorporating video and audio in proceedings; describe the interface that guides the interaction between the text of a paper, the audio of the conference speaker, the video of the speaker, and the slides the speaker uses; detail experiences using limited video in proceedings; highlight the significance of the interface and careful editing by experts in the field, and recommend strategies and mechanisms for designers of proceedings and other multimedia documents which incorporate and link large amounts of text and video.