Re: Inserting audio.

Daniel W. Connolly (connolly@beach.w3.org)
Tue, 09 Apr 1996 09:01:43 -0400


Message-Id: <m0u6d3I-0002U5C@beach.w3.org>
To: "Domingo Siliceo" <638net@medusa.es>
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Inserting audio. 
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Tue, 02 Apr 1996 13:27:29 +0100."
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Date: Tue, 09 Apr 1996 09:01:43 -0400
From: "Daniel W. Connolly" <connolly@beach.w3.org>

In message <199604021302.NAA12559@193.148.29.67>, "Domingo Siliceo" writes:
>Hi all,
>does the standard defines any way to play audio files inside a HTML page? 

Audio files are not "special" -- they're just another resource.

So the following:

	<a href="foo.au">some audio</a>

should work just fine (and does in most implementations, as far as I know.)

>Is any browser currently giving support to that?

The only thing they don't seem to support is link relationships.

For example,

	<a rel="present" href="foo.au">some audio</a>

is supposed to cause the link to be activiated not when the user
clicks, but when the document is displayed. The LINK tag was supposed
to work this way too, so:

	<link rel="present" href="foo.wav">

should play foo.wav in the bakckground, and there was no need for:

	<bgsound src="foo.wav">

Embed could have been reduced to <a rel="embed"> in much the same
way, except for nesting issues. 

Hmmm... www.iet.com isn't responding. But have a look at
the "proposed tag: IMG: thread in Mar '93. Then look at all
the <include> proposals in the intervening years.

I sincerely hope the "Inserting Multimedia Objects in HTML" spec (keep
an eye on http://www.w3.org/pub/WWW/TR/) will resolve these issues.

Dan