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HTML5 Primer: How To Use the Audio Tag

Jan 18, 2011, 23:35 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Clark)

"In our series on HTML5, we've discussed geolocation, link relations, form and keyboard events, media events, mouse events, global attributes and multimedia. This week we're going to expand upon our discussion on multimedia and delve further into HTML5's audio tag.

"The audio tag is new to HTML, like the video tag, and allows developers to embed music on their websites (and unlike earlier attempts to add audio to a website, it isn't limited to old-fashioned midi music). That said, it does have limitations on the types of files that can be used. Currently any recent browser that is based on Webkit, such as Chrome and Safari, supports the use of regular .mp3 files. Others, such as Firefox, only support the .ogg format.

"The good news is that you can either convert your files from .mp3 to .ogg (one audio conversion tool, media.io, can be used online) or just supply two versions of your audio file, one in each format. When Safari, for instance, comes across the audio tag, it will ignore the .mp3 file and move directly to the .ogg file."

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