AFTER COMPLETING THIS CHAPTER, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:
Understand how Web browsers use plug-ins and add-ins to do multimedia.
Download and install multimedia plug-ins and add-ins.
Find hot multimedia Web sites.
Define Java, understand the concept of an applet, and know where to find tools for creating more dynamic Web pages.
Define what is meant by the common gateway interface, and understand the server side of Web page development.
Understand the role of an active server page (ASP) and see how ASP functions in Microsoft's .NET framework.
Learn how to make a client-side image map.
INTERNET LITERACY RESOURCES:

 Built-In Browser Support for Multimedia
 

Follow these links to test your browser's support for multimedia. Did everything work as you expected? Do you need to download other plug-ins?

Use your browser's built-in audio support to listen to the Sounds of the Cornell Chimes

View this QuickTime greeting from the author

Listen to this audio greeting from the author



Media Players

 

If the links above did not play correctly, follow the links below to install the needed media players.


Microsoft Windows Media Player QuickTime


Plug-Ins and Add-Ins

 

These additional plug-ins and add-ins will support other multimedia file types. Explore each one to see what it supports. When you've found what you think is useful, download the tool and install it on your computer.


Schockwave Macromedia Flash
Microsoft Netscape Plug-in Link

Internet Multimedia Crash Test Area provides a range of files to test which plug-ins and helper apps are correctly installed in your browser.


Security Risks
 

Frequently, security holes are found in the latest version of a browser. If you haven't updated your browser lately, follow the appropriate link to update it now.


Microsoft Internet Explorer
Microsoft Internet Explorer

Mozilla Firefox
Netscape Communicator


Helper Apps and Plug-Ins

 

As you've read, programmers are able to add new functionality to Web pages using Java, javascript, ActiveX, Dynamic HTML and server side tools. Follow the links below to see some useful applications. Did you notice differences in what each of these could offer?

 
Java

 

Java

Sun's Java site

Java rotation of a benzene molecule

Tokamak reactor

Java Applets Resource

 
Javascript


JavaScript Kit

The JavaScript Source

ActiveX

Microsoft ActiveX


CNET.com for ActiveX controls


Dynamic HTML


Dynamic HTML Tools and Resources
from the Web Developers Virtual Library

MSDN Online Web Workshop
Microsoft Online Web Workshop

Server Side Tools


The Common Gateway Interface

CGI Resource Index

Perl.com

Perl Scripts and Links


Microsoft: Guide to Active Server Pages
 




Client-Side Trends

 

Here's an opportunity to try your own hand at adding some functionality to your pages. After looking at the demonstration, try building your own client-side image map.


Where is Middle C? Example



Exercises
 

Upbeat.Mid

Touchy.Mid

(MIDI files provided courtesy of the Ensoniq Corporation
makers of some of the world's finest MIDI gear.)


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