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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 8, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2001
  • pp: 1–1
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Optics Express, Vol. 8, Issue 1, pp. 1-1 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.8.000001


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Abstract

With this issue, to satisfy purists (and anyone who counts carefully), we welcome the new millennium for the second time. With that out of the way, let me say that there's always something to kvetch about. In this case, it's the authors. In our very first issue in 1997 there were two articles, by J. West and C.R. Stroud and by A. Rahman, that have yet to be topped. Those guys already demonstrated two leading-edge capabilities of Optics Express that subsequent authors have yet to widely exploit, if indeed they've been exploited at all. I'm referring to sound effects and reader-controlled applets.

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With this issue, to satisfy purists (and anyone who counts carefully), we welcome the new millennium for the second time. With that out of the way, let me say that there’s always something to kvetch about. In this case, it’s the authors. In our very first issue in 1997 there were two articles, by J. West and C.R. Stroud and by A. Rahman, that have yet to be topped. Those guys already demonstrated two leading-edge capabilities of Optics Express that subsequent authors have yet to widely exploit, if indeed they’ve been exploited at all. I’m referring to sound effects and reader-controlled applets.

The domain of multimedia effects is one where increasing participation could lead to fascinating competition among authors for more and more effective presentations. To demonstrate the possibilities, Optics Express has been publishing full-color covers and many animated covers in the three years since Vol. 1. We’re close to realizing the occasional or even frequent possibility of an animated cover with sound effects as well. Frustratingly, authors have been very slow to incorporate audio in their articles. Particularly the movie-makers should know better!

A voice-over background text provides exceptionally effective captioning of movies, and if you’ve read many articles that included movies you know that they usually move too rapidly and with not enough auxilliary information, the kind of information we all put into captions of still figures. This isn’t the same as absence of detail in the movie itself. I know from experience that it’s very easy to make a movie too distracting by including too much visual information. The answer is simply to add a narrator who talks you through the action and tells you what to be looking at, moment by moment. Anyone who tries this will also discover that a movie with voice-over narration cannot move too rapidly. This is a coincidental but important side benefit for the reader-listeners.

Before closing with a really nice set of publishing statistics, I want to mention again that Optics Express has already played an informal role as a template or consultant for several new all-electronic journals outside the optics arena. However, we’d like to do more within optics whenever possible, for example by offering our expertise for the benefit of specialized units within OSA or the wider optics community. If your technical group has been thinking about starting a new electronic journal, we’re willing to help. Send me an e-mail to opex@pas.rochester.edu.

J. H. Eberly, Editor

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Research Papers

History
Original Manuscript: January 1, 2001
Published: January 1, 2001

Citation
J. Eberly, "Editorial," Opt. Express 8, 1-1 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-8-1-1


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