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Hello!

 

I have a web page that is not standard compliant, just need it available temporarily until I can build it using CSS. Created in Dreamweaver CS3, HTML 4.0.1 Transitional with tables (ouch), using the "insert plugin" feature. Page has multiple MP3 files that were converted from the .aiff format by the app All2MP3 for Mac. If you can suggest a free converter that includes metadata, as this one does not.

 

Am working with old equipment & browsers, so cannot test visually myself, but I am told that the files function fully as intended in current versions of Safari, IE & Firefox, but auto play simultaneously without controller functionality in Chrome.

 

My suppositions, but no conclusions from searching...

  • websites created with tables that contain media (anything other than text) are not supported
  • websites created with HTML 4 & tables containing media are not supported
  • files created with All2MP3 app are not supported because the app is too old, latest version 2010
  • HTML 4 code, specifically the embed tag & attribute parameter syntax automatically created in Dw is not supported

  • the plugin used within Dw CS3 is too outdated

I appreciate your assistance! Pic of code attached also.

 

<td width="280" height="50" align="left" valign="top"><font color="#CC3366" size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">
Unbridled Emotion Mvmt. No. 2</font><br>
<embed src="ue2.mp3" width="250" height="16" loop="false" controller="true" autoplay="false"></embed></td>

 

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Edited by Spritey

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New browsers don't support plug-ins. As a result, if you want to embed music on your page, you need to use the <audio> tag (HTML 5), or get a Flash-based music player.

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Thank you Foxy Mod!

 

Can you help make a distinction for me? In the Dw insert media command, the MP3 audio media to be inserted does not appear as a choice in the pop-up list which includes Flash, Shockwave, ActiveX, Applet, Flash Button, etc. In this case, one has to choose "plugin" from that same menu then navigate to the MP3 file. Does that action mean I'm using a plugin? Wasn't sure if that action just inserts a placeholder for media or if Dw accesses a physical plugin file (on my HD incl with the Dw install) that includes code within the MP3.

 

Re: resolution to the problem...

 

Do you know if there are apps that convert HTML4 to HTML5? I don't know if I can use HTML5 in a doc created with Dw CS3--if it will even accept it, as HTML 4.0.1 Transitional is the latest version that Dw CS3 automatically creates code for. (I can edit HTML4 but not write from scratch.) Or would a Flash music player be more efficient in this situation?

 

Thanks!

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Don't use Dreamweaver's design view, just write all your code in code view and test in a real browser.

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I'd love to but I don't write code, only edit what's there already (mentioned), & limited knowledge with that. Basically, I'm totally a right brain artist/musician who cannot afford to get new equipment, so doing the best I can with what I've got. I'd have a "real browser" on my machine if it were compatible.

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You're using a real browser to read this forum right now. Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome are all browsers. Here are download links for many different browsers, they're compatible as far back as Windows XP, except Internet Explorer.

https://www.firefox.com/

http://www.google.com/chrome/

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/internet-explorer/download-ie

 

To test a page, open it in any browser. Dreamweaver's preview function is not very accurate so you need to open your website in an actual browser to be sure it's working as intended.

 

At the moment, <audio> is the best way to embed music on your page. You can read about how to use it here: http://www.w3schools.com/tags/tag_audio.asp

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I thought you were being facicious by telling me to test in a "real browser"...since I stated my browsers were old, so it's apparent that I know what browsers are. I used to design websites with tables (& taught it at a state university)...I'm just not a coder.

Have the highest possible versions of Safari (4.1.3), Firefox (3.6.28) & TenFourFox (31.3.0) installed that are compatible with my machine & system, Mac PPC (before Intel) OS X 10.4.11. The earliest version of Chrome is not compatible. Just because the site works fine in my Safari & Firefox browsers doesn't help, but others with current versions said it worked fine. So you probably see now that I can't rely on testing sites with these browser versions (see orig post). There is only a problem with the MP3's functionality on Chrome...only 2 people I know use it, they informed me of the problem.

 

I don't know if I can use HTML5 in a doc created with Dw CS3--if it will even accept it, as HTML 4.0.1 Transitional is the latest version that Dw CS3 automatically creates code for.

In my research I saw the audio tag but as I asked above, don't know if I can mix HTML 5 & HTML 4 in Dw CS3 & haven't found that answer yet. And since I myself cannot test the code visually, I have to ask others to help every time I change code, but would like to keep that to a respectable minimum which is why I posted here.

Someone in another forum said that plugins are not supported by new browsers (see orig post)...Chrome is pretty new. What do you think about that supposition? They suggested I employ a Flash MP3 player.

Thanks!

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