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Bug 1880 - Interface for uploaded audio media
Interface for uploaded audio media
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
General/Unknown (Other open bugs)
All All
: Normal normal with 6 votes (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
: accessibility
: 7672 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
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Reported: 2005-04-12 22:49 UTC by Michael Zajac
Modified: 2009-08-15 19:26 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Michael Zajac 2005-04-12 22:49:58 UTC
On wikipedia people are starting to upload .ogg files to demonstrate pronunciation (e.g., at 
[[Nikita Khrushchev]]), using [[:Template:Audio]].  

The accessibility of this interface for audio is very poor, especially for novice users on stock 
Windows or Mac systems (see [[Template talk:Audio#Overloaded interface]]).

Some specific problems:
* Image: namespace's name is confusing when used for audio media.
* Directly linking to audio media file needlessly adds the external link icon.  Clicking on it won't 
play it in some browsers.
* Linking to description page is not much better.  There's no good interface to play audio files 
and no standard user help.
* Most default systems don't have software to play .ogg files, so a warning or help should be 
shown to users *before* they click.
* Some linked audio files will never play in some browsers, unless embedded with <object> or 
<embed> tag (e.g., .ogg in Safari, even with ogg QuickTime plugin installed it just downloads 
the file).

Proposed interface:
* Audio: or Sound: namespace.
* Includes standard audio help on the description page.
* Embeds the sound right on the description page, using <object> or <embed> tag.
* Lets a logged-in user choose the preferred plug-in to request (QuickTime, Real, WinMedia).
* Lets a logged-in user choose to autoplay sounds on their description page.

See also bug 44: "Why is image: used for all files?"
Comment 1 Rowan Collins [IMSoP] 2005-04-15 19:30:10 UTC
See also discussion of possible interface and/or embedding techniques at
Comment 2 Duncan Harris 2007-05-28 07:55:24 UTC
*** Bug 7672 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 3 Thomas Bleher 2009-08-15 19:26:23 UTC
AFAICS all issues mentioned in the bug description are fixed in the current Wikipedia interface. If some issue is still missing, please reopen the bug report.

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