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Re: HTML4.0 draft: Sound objects

From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 1997 20:36:00 -0400
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At 03:07 PM 10/09/97 -0400, Marc A. Duncan wrote:
>Now I find this to be a very good idea.  I see usefulness and a desire by
>some to have <BGSOUND> or sounds included as <OBJECT> (whichever), but I
>can understand that some may not want them for whatever reason.  So, the
>most obvious resolution would be for browsers to give the user the 
>to exclude the downloading of background sounds, just like they do for
>images.  This is a very sensible solution.

While we're talking about sensible solutions...  I don't think background 
sounds have a place in HTML, whether included with BGSOUND or OBJECT, 
since they're purely presentational.  Aural Cascading Style Sheets [1] 
provide a simple method of specifying a background sound for a document:

BODY { play-during: url(foo.mid) repeat }

This allows users to specify

BODY { play-during: none ! important }

in their personal style sheet if they dislike background sounds.  And 
users who want to hear some sounds but not others could selectively 
override author style sheets.

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/WD-acss

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