HTML and CSS Reference
Chapter 5. Rules, Images, and Multimedia
While the body of most documents is text, an appropriate seasoning
of horizontal rules, images, and other multimedia elements makes for
a much more inviting and attractive document. These features are not
simply gratuitous geegaws that make your documents look pretty, mind
you. Multimedia elements bring HTML and XHTML documents alive,
providing a dimension of valuable information often unavailable in other
media, such as print. In this chapter, we describe in detail how you can
insert special multimedia elements into your documents, when their use
is appropriate, and how to avoid overdoing it.
You also might want to jump ahead and skim Chapter 12 , where we de-
scribe some catchall tags (the HTML 4 and XHTML standard <object> and
the popular browsers' <embed> ) that let you insert all kinds of content and
datafile types, including multimedia, into your documents.