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Sounds embed tag

Remember a few years ago placing sounds into web pages was a really hot item? Have you accessed many pages which had sound playing automatically lately? None? Or one in a thousand maybe? That's about all we've seen as well. The problem may have been traced to the quirky implimentation of sound files. No large website would want to leave its intended sound out for 10%-30% or so of the potential viewers or to update changes in the source elements and attributes. Sure, there are third party plug-ins like Beatnik, Crescendo, etc., which will enable browsers to use sounds effectively but, viewers can't be expected to download a plug in just for that purpose.
So the best thing is to just put a catchy little midi file in the page with no visible controller. 90%, especially those who use new cpus and the two most common browsers, will be able to hear it and the rest won't know that it was supposed to have played for them. The size of the average catchy little midi is small, about 10-20k so that byte size considerations are minimal. That said:

Sounds can be embedded into a web page and can play automatically. You will hear a midi sound file playing as you view this page. The Netscape console looks more high-tech but, it has a different default size than the Microsoft MediaPlayer console. The latest leap-frog upgrade is recommended for both browsers.
Common sound formats are MIDI and WAV. Netscape uses the EMBED element for sound files. Internet Explorer will use both the EMBED and the BGSOUND elements which is more versatile and easy to impliment. If you use just EMBED or both EMBED and BGSOUND for the same file, your background sound file should be played equally by both types of browsers, theoretically... There are still differences. When you create a web page with a sound file, there are several optional attributes which can be used. For example, you can choose whether to make a controller visible or invisible. The attribute would be HIDDEN="True" for the controller to be invisible. Another attribute would be AUTOSTART="True" to start the sound as soon as the page is loaded. The SRC attribute is indispensible. It tells the browser where the sound file is located. LOOP="infinite" is another useful attribute.

For example:
<EMBED SRC="wonderful.mid" HIDDEN="False" LOOP="infinite" AUTOSTART="true" CONTROLS="SMALLCONSOLE" HEIGHT="20" WIDTH="144">
To place your background sound into the page, the <EMBED> tag goes just after the <BODY> tag and before anything else.
To place your sound/avi/mov/rm sound or multimedia file in the page, the <EMBED> tag is placed into the page elsewhere and there are a multitude of attributes which can be used.

embed tag

We have found that the CoffeeCup html editor has the easiest way to put a sound file into a web page since the tags for configuring the options for the sound file in both browsers are added simultaneously automatically.
Whichever html editor you are using will have information on tags and attributes for putting sound files into web pages which is more standardized and straightforward than was the case a few years ago... HotMetal Pro from SoftQuad has a very complete set of instructions for sound and multimedia embedding. Adobe has GoLive which is also good. Microsoft FrontPage can be expected to work quite well for users of our favorite browser.
Now there is version 6.0 of Netscape which is blazing fast? Not exactly blazing.

Midi sound files are synthesized on your computer and are small byte size. They were standardized many years ago and so they are easy to put into use since both main browsers have standardized plug ins for them. Some of them are chintzy but some are quite nice. You can place a link in a web page to enable your viewers to click and hear a sound. Of course the link can be text or a nifty little icon. Alternatively you could place the sound in a specific location in your page and show the controller for it as well.
Here are some midi files which came from www.coffeecup.com where you can get lots of sounds.

cocacola.mid coma.mid sweethrt.mid
turkish.mid wings.mid wonderful.mid
foreliza.mid can.mid beethoven5.mid
passage.mid nutcracker.mid mozart40.mid

Wav sound files are the Windows version of sound files. QuickTime users can use these files as well. Windows Media Player users can use QuickTime files as of this point in time. Wav files are more or less universal. File types which can be used by everyone are of course what all users want, isn't it? Here are some wav files which came from
coffeecup.com where you can get lots more.

coffeecup.wav .wav car.wav
not.wav camera.wav whoosh.wav
gun.wav mech.wav moo.wav
cash.wav drive.wav glass.wav

QuickTime, RealPlayer and .AVI files can have both a sound track and an animation track. QuickTime can read .AVI files. Windows Media Player can read QuickTime. Neither can read RealPlayer files. RealPlayer files are the most compressed but have the least quality. As transmission speeds on the internet increase, audio and video will become better and better for viewing and listening. Here is a short clip of a small jungle cat with audio and video tracks in both .AVI and RealPlayer formats. The easiest way to impliment an audio/video file is to link it with text or an icon which upon click will call the file to a separate window with a controller as is done below for the two file types.

cat avi cat rm

MediaPlayer screen, click to enlarge.

Can sounds be used with email html documents?
Email is just a form of html. So yes. And with the newest versions of the main browsers and operating systems, playable sounds and video can be used with email.

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