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WebTV Design Guide For Webmasters: Multimedia

Multimedia

The television interface to the Internet provides broad creative opportunities for web development. Sound and animation contribute a great deal to the creation of a more "television-like" experience for the user.

The latest version of WebTV supports a wide spectrum of sound and animation, including: wav, aiff, au, MOD, MIDI and GSM, RealAudio 3.0, and MacroMedia’s Flash 1.0. (In coming months, Flash 2.0 will be supported by both WebTV Classic and WebTV Plus.).

A WebTV specific tag, <AUDIOSCOPE>, enables a graphical display of the amplitude of sound. This animated, visual image of sounds played can be customized using attributes such as ALIGN, BORDER, GAIN, HEIGHT, LEFTCOLOR, LEFTOFFSET, MAXLEVEL, RIGHTCOLOR, RIGHTOFFSET, WIDTH. This is not a container element; so use the start tag but not the end tag

ALIGN
can be ABSBOTTOM, ABSMIDDLE, BASELINE, BOTTOM, LEFT, MIDDLE, RIGHT, TEXTTOP, and TOP. The default value is BASELINE.

BORDER
beveled and measured in pixels. The default is 1.

GAIN
sets a multiplier for the amplitude display. The default is 1.

LEFTCOLOR/RIGHTCOLOR
sets the colors to be used in the spectrum. (Hexadecimal or color names may be used.)

LEFTOFFSET / RIGHTOFFSET -
raises (positive) or lowers (negative) the display of the audioscope in pixels. The default is 1.

WIDTH/HEIGHT
Establishes the dimensions of the audioscope.

MAXLEVEL
Controls whether or not (true/false) audioscope will clip a sound, based on the multiplier specified in GAIN. The default is "false".

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Created: Jan. 1, 1997
Revised: Jan. 9, 1997

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