Thursday, April 20th, 2006 - 1:30 AM

Web pages that go bump in the night…

Want to know how to put sound on your web page? You’ve come to the right place!

If you’re eager to get people to close their browser or madly click the Back button as soon as your page loads, make some noise.

There are pretty much no situations in which I want my computer to make noise unexpectedly. On the other hand, I have no issue with pages that let me click a button to turn on sound.

Even if you’re a Harry Potter movie web site (ahem!), please don’t start off by making noise at me. I might be at work, or in the same room someone who’s sleeping, or listening to music, or browsing the web from the closet while I wait for the burglars to leave. Give me a chance to put on headphones, pause my music, decide that I’m just not in the mood to be reminded that my web browser can emit sound, or whatever.

If you still want your web page to make noise, you’re in the wrong place now. Try this HTML sound tutorial… but PLEASE don’t start making noise automatically. Let your visitors decide when it’s time to break the silence.


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