Motivated by a theory that some students learn better when sound is combined with text, a Massachusetts multimedia developer has launched an initiative to increase the use of sound on the web--from commercial web sites to educational programs and distance learning.

Audio use on the web today is "very spotty," said Steve Olenick, president of AudioLink Inc., a recording studio for leading educational publishers such as Houghton-Mifflin Co., Curriculum Associates, and others. But Olenick hopes to change that. He's the founder of the ItSpeaks Initiative, which he describes as "a web group for like-minded individuals...

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