align attribute is used to specify how the
embed content (as defined by the
src attribute) sits on the
page in relation to surrounding text and other elements. It is a fairly
rudimentary attribute - and a very presentational one - that allows you to
move an object to the right or left, with text wrapping around accordingly
(although with no surrounding white space, which generally results in
quite an ugly result, possibly alleviated through the
hspace attribute or with
some CSS). You can also change the way that adjacent text aligns with the
object such that the first line of the text aligns with the top, middle or
bottom of the object.
The example markup shown with a left-aligned
embed would appear as shown in Figure 1.
Aside from aligning
align attribute is
not very flexible when applied to an
embed is aligned
"right", text will continue to wrap around it until
embed is set to
<embed src="flash-test.swf" align="left"></embed>
"top" only (browser default is
This attribute is now deprecated, and is highly presentational in its nature. The desired visual effects can all be achieved with CSS and, as such, this attribute shouldn’t be used—it’s presented here for informational purposes only.