Some further links about the audio tag:
- W3C HTML5 Audio Specification
- WHATWG HTML5 Audio Specification
October 31, 2010: Matched the latest version of the HTML5 spec (preload instead of autobuffer)
A Note About Encoding
Both the audio and video tags have revealed a rather unholy mess in regards to software patents - which leads to the ridiculous situation that Mozilla will not implement MP4 since it's not free and the patent owners haven't convinced anybody that they won't at some point charge the hell out of MP4, while Apple and Google have licensed MP4, but will not implement Vorbis and Theora (Mozilla's choice), since they can't get convinced that these encoders are really as free as they say. So both sides think the other is dealing with a patent troll. Wonderful.
For the examples on this page we are therefore using WAV audio clips, since all current browser implementations support that format. For short sound clips the uncompressed nature of WAV is not a major problem.