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The state of HTML5 audio

Friday, October 12, 2012

I just had a chance to use the "new" HTML5 <audio> tag. Using it is just as eas y as using anything from HTML5/CSS3. That was sarcasm. The same things apply, you need to be aware of all the various browser inconsis tencies. The main one is the supported formats of course, some vendors support the industry standard MP3, others don't want to support that because it's not open, and Google supports everything because they are swimming in money, and can afford it. Turns out that in o rder to support all the browsers out there, you need to offer at least 2 kinds of formats, consult the chart on Wikipedia for details. While that's inconvinient, like most things in the CSS3/HTML5 area, there is a much bigger waitwhat? here.

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