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12.5. Embedded Media Files

Images aren't the only things that can be displayed as part of a web page. You can also include content such as Quicktime movies, interactive Flash files, all manner of Java applets, and more. The browser renders embedded media files using the provided code (as in the case of an applet), using its built-in display devices (as for GIF or JPEG images), or by taking advantage of a plug-in or helper application.

The three tags that embed media in HTML are <object> (the HTML 4.01 preference for all media), <applet> (for Java applets; deprecated in HTML 4.01), and <embed> (for plug-in dependent media; not even recognized in HTML 4.01). Following are overviews of each of these tags and their uses.


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