Chapter 5

Rich Media

Remember the days when the Web was just a series of interlinking documents containing text and images? No? Well, don’t worry. We’re going to give you a short history lesson. In the mid-nineties most websites contained lots of text and a few images. Then something came along that was destined to change the playing field: the FutureSplash plug-in. Because it was a proprietary plug-in as opposed to a ratified open specification, the debate remains over whether it should have formed such a fundamental part of the Web’s architecture. FutureSplash wasn’t the only one, though; Real Player and QuickTime were among those wanting to ...

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