Web Sites and Audio Formats

As an independent author I wear the hats of writer, editor, publisher and technology guru. Many months ago I invested in the Adobe Creative Suite, Master Edition to control all my digital publishing and future printer submission needs. One of the biggest aspects of this journey is to create and maintain my own website utilizing Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5. Dreamweaver is an HTML editor. You can use this software to create pages almost as if you were using a word processor. If you want to take your knowledge to the next level you can also code HTML5. As a matter of fact, knowledge of HTML5 is essential as mobile devices no longer require plug-ins like Adobe Flash.

So, I wanted to provide my current and prospective readers with an enhanced website which they can follow along with my stories. As part of that enhancement quest, there are audio files that can be played over your browser of choice so that you can hear the pronunciation of my characters and places.

What you must know is that not all audio file formats are supported by browsers. The following link provides the detail on which files are supported, but also the HTML5 code that can be used to provide the reader with the experience. http://www.w3schools.com/html5/html5_audio.asp

Finally, you save your file in Dreamweaver and “put” both the html file and the audio files to your web server. Then you test the page and the audio, along with friends, readers or fellow authors.


After spending 25 years in accounting technology, designing paperless intranets and developing database applications, my next goal is to master the skills needed in this digital and graphical world of enhanced e-books. Follow along and, hopefully in short time, I will announce a portal to share all this knowledge – knowledge most publishers would rather you not be aware of. Such is the life of an independent author.


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