Always nice to see you here helping us forumaestros! El Loro, these are the exact issues I'm looking at, but way back when, Lori can attest to it, I started bugging the socialstrata people to let me: 1) embed sounds which of course takes BOTH embed and BGSound because of the general browser types, 2) backgrounds which can go in tables, therefore behind text or anything else.. I remember putting a christmas tree in the background, and smilies on top of it as if they were ornaments but as democracy has to follow the herd (not the heard like me squeaking loudly!!!) EwTube videos is the only embedding or sound or multimedia possible in most cases. How democratic! then 3) as an instructor, and music provider, I have made great usage of a tag called REFRESH which amazingly no one uses at all. It allows after say one verse of a poem, to automatically open the next page, next verse, or next instruction, but that is a tag or HTML command that I'm sure server folks call the devil because "it jerks the servers" Uncle Bob once told me.
Of course I can do all of this in HTML, and I have macros create my HTML that can have all these things I want. But my poet, visual and other media artist friends have grown to love the community-type features in these forums, notifications, private messages, great layouts and such.
I think my days of making my forum a multimedia environment for my guests is over, but that's fine, I've evolved into creating books of scores and now have 5 fine books, more in the making, and my multimedia-authoring-system design will stay nicely packed up in the closet until it's next incarnation.
As far as attached audio files: Of course I want to be able to upload (just me not necessarily others) my audio files, then have nice tables and lists, playlists if you like, and be able to give people easy to use URLs like givnology.com/book1/opus1.mid so that if I ever get to promoting my music to Bobby McFarrin, John Williams or producers like I should, they can easily access my music. The amazingly long links like the one your attachment had, well I can't very well put that in an email and expect it to work with parsing and other issues. I'll probably have to upload them myself, which is what I do anyway. What I would have liked, was the ability to have the sound start up automatically - unless a user has turned automatic sounds off - and the users that want sounds, imagine yoga instructions kapitsch? Spoken 12 asanas of Sun Salutation, or meditative music background, or just images - 12 different pages each maybe 15-30 seconds apart.
Whatever features Hoopdy.la offers I'm sure I'll push the envelope, snoop around and find other similar sights and evolve with the rest of us forumatons, creating ever more entertaining and educating fun sites and sights. Thanks for your help, it is much appreciated!
That is veeery helpful as well! Are all the links hashed up like El Loro's? Of course what I really want is a database where I can customize my song lists. This example can show you all what I mean by customized song lists:
I will probably redo that same setup, I would let people email lists except that spammers always figure out some way to ruin CGI codes (dang!!!!) and mail server calls. You can see the list is sortable, so a producer or McFarrin type can sort by style, tempo, vocals, length, genre or whatever fields I decide to use. This would only be a great feature for composers or music mixers who have hundreds of pieces to submit to people.. hmm.. the DJ market! As if I want to put my Mozart next to Bare Naked Ladies or something GQGKL%J#(A*@$ anyway I'll probably do all of that myself, and once I get into my new digs, Who-p.la, I'll find other questions..
Thanks googols to you all! Love ya'!