by Zvi Lifshitz, Gianluca Di Cagno, and Matthew Leditschke
Keywords: reference software, conformance, normative software, informative software, MPEG-4 player, 2D compositor, 3D compositor, plug-ins, scene graph
The reference software activity has always been an important part of the standard-making process in MPEG and a significant contribution to the success of MPEG standards. The reference software serves three main purposes: verification, clarification, and promotion of the standard, as explained next.
Implementing the standard during the specification development helps to verify that the technical elements are properly specified, that the various tools in the standard are consistent, ...