HTML5 provides a standard for playing audio files.
Until now, there has not been a standard for playing audio files on a web page.
Today, most audio files are played through a plug-in (like flash). However, different browsers may have different plug-ins.
HTML5 defines a new element which specifies a standard way to embed an audio file on a web page: the <audio> element.
Internet Explorer 9+, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, and Safari support the <audio> element.
Note: Internet Explorer 8 and earlier versions, do not support the <audio> element.
To play an audio file in HTML5, this is all you need:
The control attribute adds audio controls, like play, pause, and volume.
You should also insert text content between the <audio> and </audio> tags for browsers that do not support the <audio> element.
The <audio> element allows multiple <source> elements. <source> elements can link to different audio files. The browser will use the first recognized format.
Currently, there are 3 supported file formats for the <audio> element: MP3, Wav, and Ogg:
|Internet Explorer 9+||YES||NO||NO|
|<audio>||Defines sound content|
|<source>||Defines multiple media resources for media elements, such as <video> and <audio>|
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