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Hi Jamison (Great name!)

I'm planning to add 9 pages of mp3 voice audio file lessons to my English Teaching website. I thought that the simple html code in the pages (e.g.That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.</b></font></p><br>) would allow the file to be played in the user's default mp3 player. But, in offline testing, it only works well in Chrome. I would like it to play in IE and Firefox as well.

The basic aim is that the student users should simply hear the file played when they click on the link in any of the three browsers. How can I achieve this? Any simple way? Can you recommend any code or simple embedded player to do this? (The player should be simple without size or color options, playlists, skins etc. etc.)

Thanks for your consideration.


These days the best way would be to declare the page as html5 <!DOCTYPE HTML>. Then use html5 audio/video tags. You'd want a fallback to use a flash player, most likely. That would be the best most minimal way to do things.

Check out and scroll down to the HTML5 section. That's how I would recommend playing your audio.

<audio controls>
  <source src="horse.mp3" type="audio/mpeg">
  <source src="horse.ogg" type="audio/ogg">
  <embed height="50" width="100" src="horse.mp3">

If you must use a plugin player I'd suggest using

Hope this helps(and sorry for the delay, I'm on holiday)!

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Jamison Mergens


I have over 17 years experience in website design, development and programming. I also am a custom dedicated server host. Pretty much anything related to "web" I can offer advice on. I can offer advice covering: html, html4, html5, css, css3, css animations, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, server configurations, email related questions, SEO, marketing and business development.


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