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Chapter 9. Adding Images and Other Page ... > Adding Plug-in Media with <embed>

9.6. Adding Plug-in Media with <embed>

The <embed> tag places a media object, such as a Flash movie or the controls for a RealAudio track, on a web page. It displays the media object in a rectangular area that behaves much like an inline image in terms of positioning in the flow of the text. The <embed> tag was originally created by Netscape for use with plug-in technologies. It is currently supported by both browsers; however, the HTML 4.0 Specification prefers the use of the all-purpose <object> tag for the placement of multimedia elements.

When the browser encounters the <embed> tag, it matches the suffix of the file name (Netscape also looks for the value of the type attribute) with the appropriate plug-in.


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