NRJ Design Glossary

Embedded Media

These are the types of media you can include in an HTML page, such as RealAudio files or GIF animations. But like a fruitcake embedded with mysterious kernels of green gelatin, embedded media often made early Web browsers choke. Later versions of browsers, however, are more sophisticated and contend with non-ASCII information with the help of MIME types. Defined in 1992 by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), multipurpose Internet mail extensions, or MIME types, are a specification for formatting non-ASCII messages so that they can be sent over the Internet. When a browser comes across a file in an HTML document with a MIME extension (like .gif), the browser knows to display that file as an image. Many email clients also support MIME, enabling them to send and receive embedded media via the Internet mail system.