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    Initiate background sound when click a button/word/picture

    I'm trying to turn on a background sound when someone clicks a button. However, the script below turns on the sound when it is clicked, but the page freezes. It's as if it opens a brand new page with just that sound in its source. Any ideas how I can play a sound when a user clicks something?

    PHP Code:
    <script language="javascript"><!-- 

    function 
    music() { 
       
    document.write("<bgsound src='url'>"); 

    //--> 
    </script>

    <a href="http://sound.source.here.soundtype">init sound</a> 
    I've tried changing href to onClick.
    I've tried putting that script in <head>.
    I've tried removing the <!-- & //--> comments.
    All of the above did not work.

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    Welcome to the forums.

    The reason your code isn't working correctly is because when you make a call to the write method, it completely overwrites the content of the document. What you really want to be doing is writing the an element or using an <embed> element to embed an actual sound player object into the page, then you can access methods such as play and stop. Here's an example I put togethe, all you need to do is change sound.mp3 to the file that you're working with:
    Code:
    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
    	   "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
    
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en">
    	<head>
    		<title>untitled</title>
    		<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="application/xhtml+xml; charset=iso-8859-1" />
    	</head>
    	<body>
    		<div>
    			<embed id="sound" src="sound.mp3" autostart="false" style="position: absolute; display: none;"></embed>
    			<a href="#" onclick="document.getElementById('sound').play();">Play</a> |
    			<a href="#” onclick=”document.getElementById('sound').stop();">Stop</a>
    		</div>
    	</body>
    </html>
    I hope that helps you out.
    Last edited by fredmv; 12-07-2003 at 06:50 PM.

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    Thank you for that example, but I am still having some trouble. I used that exact code in a brand new page to test it and I changed the sound source to a valid sound path. But when I click the link, I just get an "Error on page". Can .mp3s be embeded?

    **
    I've just tried it with .wavs and .mids, none of which actually work. Do you know of any other sites that use this which I can look at?
    Last edited by Calzinger; 10-26-2003 at 08:36 PM.

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    Very sorry about that. I just corrected my error. Try this:
    Code:
    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
    	   "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
    
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en">
    	<head>
    		<title>untitled</title>
    		<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="application/xhtml+xml; charset=iso-8859-1" />
    	</head>
    	<body>
    		<div>
    			<embed id="sound" src="sound.mp3" autostart="false" hidden="true"></embed>
    			<a href="#" onclick="document.getElementById('sound').play();">Play</a> |
    			<a href="#" onclick="document.getElementById('sound').stop();">Stop</a>
    		</div>
    	</body>
    </html>

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    Thank you very much for your help, this has worked. But apparently, it doesn't like .mp3. I also want to avoid converting it to .wav considering the massive amount of space it takes when converting. Do you know of any .mp3 to .mid trial version programs I can download?

    **
    Actually, I was able to convert it to .wma while preserving size, and I was still able to play the sound.

    Thank you for your time and help. I shall recommend this site should anyone else I know encounter any problems in the future.
    Last edited by Calzinger; 10-26-2003 at 08:45 PM.

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    You're very welcome. I'm happy that helped you out.

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