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From: "Judy Florian" <>
Subject: Re: [FreeHelp] Sound on Webpages
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2007 07:49:20 -0400
I'm NOT at all an expert about sound on webpages. But I'll give feedback
as a user.
I've never seen a webpage that opens Windows Media player. On the one hand,
at first I thought "Hey that's cool - gives me total control over what's
playing!" On the other hand, after a few minutes I thought "Shoot - what if
I had been doing intensive (RAM-intensive) work and had left my work open
while I went surfing and had a webpage open my Media Player? Yikes."
So here's my responses and questions about opening the Media Player opening.
1. It does give total control to the user.
2. Users may not want Media Player to open.
3. Having it open without warning might aggravate users. You might change "
*These will open in a separate window." to "Clicking a song will open
Windows Media Player."*
*5.** *If a user had multiple programs open, the opening of the player could
add a burden to the user's computer. I'm on a laptop with 512 RAM so I have
to limit how many high-draw programs I open at once. It could cause my
laptop to stall (as the Player opens/until it opens).
6. Since I have a slight hearing problem, my Windows volume setting is HIGH
to hear normal Windows sounds (ding, ping, whatever). When the Windows
Media player opened, it played at that HIGH setting, which was louder than I
would do for a hymn. That means I'd have to go to the Vol setting and lower
Those are the main things I can think of that you might consider.
I will say, Barry sent me a page and asked how I would like his music that
starts playing on entry. I have a slight hearing problem so I went through
a detailed description about how I "listen" (my settings) and how I hear
best. I found Barry's volume levels on "lo" and "med" very nice.... his
high setting was a little much. He had buttons where I as a user could
click to get the setting I preferred.
I hope these comments help you evaluate what you'd like for your website.
Remember though, I'm just one user and others may have different opinions.
I do have a favor to ask you. Would you be willing to send me the "In the
Garden" file? It was my mom's favorite song according to an elderly aunt
-- my mom died when I was 14. I'd like to save it so I can listen to the
song sometimes. Let me know. If you don't want to share it, I'll
On 8/8/07, Beth Perry Johnston <> wrote:
> I'm not an expert and don't know if it's "fully acceptable," but it's
> the ONLY time since switching to Firefox that I've been able to hear
> the music on a web site. Hooray!
> At 06:35 AM 8/8/2007, Marcia C Farina wrote:
> >I have used the following to offer old hymns to viewers of my cemetery
> ><.a href="inthegarden.mid" target="_blank">In The Garden</a>
> >Have I missed the boat somewhere or is this a fully acceptable method?