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Microsoft® HTML5 Step by Step by Faithe Wempen

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HTML Multimedia Basics

Before getting into the details of creating multimedia-rich Web pages, you should have a basic understanding of how HTML5—and previous versions of HTML—present audio and video clips.

The most common method of placing multimedia content on a Web page is to embed an audio or video clip in the page so that it plays within the page itself when the visitor clicks a button. For this to work, visitors to your site must be using a Web browser that supports the type of sound or video file you’re providing, or they must download and install a plug-in (a helper program) to add support for that file to their browser. If your audience uses Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.5 and higher, you can use the <object> tag for this; otherwise ...

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