As part of the preparations for the Fifth RTD Framework Programme, the European Commission, DG XIII, has launched a discussion forum on the research areas to be covered in the education and training field. The forum is aimed at developing and refining the research areas in the field of new information and communications technologies for education and training which will be supported in the Fifth Framework Programme. In particular, it addresses the proposed "Multimedia Content" key action within the second thematic programme "Creating a user-friendly Information Society". A draft requirements and options report has been prepared on behalf of the Commission, on which comments are invited. A final report will be drawn up in June on the basis of comments received.