I've been fairly excited about the "audio" and "video" tags in the upcoming HTML5. Yes, I said excited.
Currently, to play and control audio on a webpage, one needs to use a browser plugin to control the audio. For the most part, this means the flash player. Oh flash, how I loath thee; thou art buggy and sucketh mine resources. Visiting a web page with multiple instances of embedded flash can bring my browser to crashing halt. Fortunately, the future looks illuminated. Although I was tempted to say the future looks bright, Apple has clouded the sun
and dimmed things a bit. Oh well, I'm still happy because in the specification for the new HTML 5 standard is a tag for including an audio file directly in a web page.
Instead of having a few unreadable lines of code to embed a flash player in a page and thus requiring the end user to have the flash plugin installed, one will only need a simple line of code such as
Oh happy day!
. Since the HTML 5 standard has yet to be finalized and few browsers comply with the coming specification, the example will probably only work properly
with Firefox 3.5
Thank You HTML 5; I look forward to an internet with much less Flash and much more functionality.