Re: BGSOUND, no need for it

Jason O'Brien (
Fri, 23 Aug 96 16:23:00 CDT

From: "Jason O'Brien" <>
To: "'www'" <>
Subject: RE: BGSOUND, no need for it
Date: Fri, 23 Aug 96 16:23:00 CDT
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Why NOT have a BGSOUND tag?   Microsoft has shown how easily it can be   
added to rendering and how efficiently it can be used -- I think a   
rendering tag for background sound or music when a page opens is a very   
good and useful feature to add without even having to mess with java --   
when you say that BGSOUND shouldn't even be a part of HTML, then what   
about EMBED or IMG -- why have images inserted with HTML, according to   
your argument?   BGSOUND is simply another object embedding such as an   
image which I believe is the purpose of HTML -- rendering applies not   
only to text, but to multimedia as well -- and a person without a sound   
card simply doesn't hear the sound -- they couldn't use multimedia in the   
first place.   A standard HTML tag for background sound to play wav, au,   
midi, and any others is very much needed to enhance web page design   
allowing a seamless integration of multimedia.

From:  www-html-request[]
Sent:  Friday, August 23, 1996 2:03 PM
To:  www-html
Subject:  BGSOUND, no need for it

Why bother with a BGSOUND tag.  Sound, and soundtracks, don't seem to
be related to rendering at all, so why have it as part of HTML.  A
simple solution is to know that with Java you can easily have a
background sound, with or without controls, autostarting or not,
repeating or not, user controllable or not, it's a system independent
method (using the correct sound type).

The other method is via the OBJECT tag (and as somebody stated with
NetshapeML EMBED), specify either the sound, or some program to play
the sound.

I thought HTML was supposed to be independent of the system.  OBJECT
and Java tags are, since they have alternatives.  What is the
alternative, or rendering method, of a BGSOUND supposed to.  Is a
computer without a sound card supposed to open a new window and draw
the waveform of the sound? :)

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