Image and Media Elements
Once upon a time, in the dim, distant past, the
Web was little more than a bunch of boring academic documents that were
exciting to the handful of scientists and physicists who were technically
capable of putting such documents together and able to configure a cranky
old dial-up modem. Then along came the
img element, and the Web started its transformation into the form
we know and love today.
Yes, that’s a slight oversimplification of how we got from A to B, but in all seriousness, until the elements detailed in this section were included in the W3C specs, and then in web browsers (or sometimes the other way around), the Web didn’t have much to offer in the way of eye candy.
The elements in this section provide many opportunities
to liven up a web page, whether that be to add a few images (using the
img element), perhaps add a Flash movie or some other
multimedia item using the
embed elements, or create interactive maps that
users can navigate through using the