Sometimes is is necessary to include more than just text and images in a web page. The recent upsurge in online music and video demonstrates this clearly. The questions for the web developer are:

  • How do we include advanced content in web pages?
  • What issues are there in providing such content?

This tutorial looks at the techniques that are required and discusses the range of issues to be resolved .

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The impending standardisation of HTML 5, which already has support in current browsers, has made this tutorial somewhat dated. However, the principles remain, and with the current state of browsers, (as of writing: IE 9beta, Opera 10.6, Firefox 3.6, Safari 5 and Chrome 7, etc) support for media elements is variable and adds an extra level of complexity. A separate tutorial on HTML 5 will explore these issues.

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