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Chapter 2. Quick Start > Images Are Special

2.8. Images Are Special

Image files are multimedia elements you may reference with anchors in your document for separate download and display by the browser. But, unlike other multimedia, standard HTML and XHTML have an explicit provision for image display "inline" with the text, and images can serve as intricate maps of hyperlinks. That's because there is some consensus in the industry concerning image file formats—specifically, GIF and JPEG—and the graphical browsers have built-in decoders that integrate those image types into your document.[8]

[8] Some browsers support other multimedia besides GIF and JPEG graphics for inline display. Internet Explorer, for instance, supports a tag that plays background audio. In addition, the HTML 4 and XHTML standards provide a way to display other types of multimedia inline with document text through a general tag.

2.8.1. Inline Images

The HTML/XHTML tag for inline images is <img>; its required src attribute is the URL of the GIF or JPEG image you want to insert in the document. Section 5.2.6


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