the late 1980s, multimedia, which had been at the fringe of
the arts and sciences, reached critical mass and went mainstream.
Marc Canter, who developed the first commercial multimedia authoring
systems, was a chief catalyst. Canter pioneered software tools
that artists and designers used to create multimedia on their
personal computers. His authoring systems synthesized text,
images, animation, video and sound into a single integrated
work, using hyperlinks and other hypermedia techniques to connect
its various elements.