I was recently tasked with creating a Christmas card landing page with the obligatory music autoplaying on page load, with cute little snowflakes tumbling down the page. Well, at least these snowflakes were creatively cute
The issue that I ran into, like everybody else, is how to get rid of that doggone flash player <object> embed method and go straight to the html5 <audio> tag. Well, until Internet Explorer 7 and 8 just simply die, it’s not possible. So here’s a nice, easy and foolproof trick to overcome those pesky Microsoft browsers.
First, I added in the following code:
<audio src="music/file.mp3" autoplay></audio>
To add insult to the autoplay injury, I added in a loop. I know, Jeremy Keith won’t like it, but like Matt Lauer, he can suck it! So now my code looks like this:
<audio src="music/file.mp3" autoplay loop></audio>
And thanks to *FireFox not recognizing .mp3 files either, we need to use multiple “source” tags instead of the “src” attribute to offer the user’s browser a choice of multiple file formats. So now my code looks like this:
<audio autoplay loop> <source src="images/modified.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"> <source src="images/modified.ogg" type="audio/ogg"> </audio>
*If you need help converting your audio file to the ogg format, I’ve been successful using this online resource.
For bulletproof IE audio capabilities, nest the <embed> tag within the <audio> tag. So now my code looks like this:
<audio autoplay loop> <source src="images/modified.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"> <source src="images/modified.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"> <embed src="images/modified.mp3" autostart="true" loop="true" hidden="true" /> </audio>
And there you have it, folks. You’re still stuck with the <embed> trick until Internet Explorer 7 & 8 die quick deaths … sometime in the next 10 years … I hope.← previous post next post →