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Chapter 12. Multimedia >  Adding External Video to Your Page

Adding External Video to Your Page

To make video accessible to your visitors regardless of their browser, you might consider using, or at least adding, a link to an external video file. When the visitor clicks the link, the browser downloads the video file and opens the appropriate helper program which then views the video.

To add a link to external video:

1.
Create a small icon that you can use as an inline image on your page to indicate the link to the video and call it video.gif.

2.
Make sure the video file has the correct extension (even for Macintosh files). Otherwise, the visitor's browser will not know what kind of file it is and may be unable to open it. (Use .qt or .mov for QuickTime files, .avi for AVI files, and .mpeg or .mpg for MPEG files.)

3.
In your HTML document, where you wish to place the link to the video file, type <A HREF="video.ext"> where video.ext is the location of the video file, including the correct extension, on the server.

4.
Type <IMG SRC="video.gif"> where video.gif is the location of the icon that will indicate the link to the video. (Add any other IMG attributes as desired.)

5.
Type the size and format of the video file, for example, 5.2 Mb QuickTime movie.

6.
Type </A> to complete the link to the video file.


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