[Speex-dev] How to use Speex Cross-Browser, Cross-Platform on Web Pages

Conrad Parker conrad at metadecks.org
Mon Feb 20 14:32:47 PST 2006

On Tue, Feb 21, 2006 at 09:21:32AM +1100, Jean-Marc Valin wrote:
> Have you thought of using jspeex (http://jspeex.sourceforge.net/)? The
> other way I can think of is to do the same as the Annodex Firefox plugin
> (http://www.annodex.net) and use VLC. Conrad Parker might have some more
> info on how to do that. Conrad?


AFE currently has a bug where it can't handle audio-only files.
Hopefully we'll fix that soon.

Nevertheless, something like jspeex sounds better for this at the
moment. Cooler would be a way of doing timed images + speex in ogg ...


> 	Jean-Marc
> Le lundi 20 février 2006 à 14:50 -0500, Alex S. Brown a écrit :
> > My apologies if this request is a little outside the scope of the normal track
> > of this discussion group. My question is more about the use of speex as a web
> > developer than about the internals of the codec. I searched all over the web
> > for this information, though, and am trying here as a last resort.
> > 
> > I am trying to develop a way to offer slide shows with a voice-over. I would
> > like to offer speex as a low-bandwidth option in addition to MP3 and possibly
> > WAV formats. I am struggling to figure out how to support the "audio/x-speex"
> > mime type across browsers effectively.
> > 
> > Ironically, the one where I have had best success is with Windows Media Player.
> > Once the DirectShow filters are installed on a PC, I use the <object> tag to
> > invoke Windows Media Player, and it happily plays the speex file. (Ironic that
> > this is the least-standard-compliant, least-open-source combination of web
> > browser and OS, and the only one where I can get speex working!)
> > 
> > I would like to be able to bring up a player with the correct, HTML 4.01
> > approach, that should support any browser that recognizes the MIME type and the
> > correct use of the object tag. The tag looks like this:
> > 
> > <object type="audio/x-speex" data="myaudio.spx">
> > If your browser does not support a player object, <a href="myaudio.spx">download
> > the speech</a> and play it separately.
> > </object>
> > 
> > (The main object tag gives the mime type and file location. The text between it
> > and the close is an alternate rendering, for browsers that cannot display the
> > object tag.)
> > 
> > My problem is that I am not sure which speex players will properly register the
> > MIME type with the web browser and operating system, so that a ".spx" file will
> > play and so that the "audio/x-speex" MIME type creates a player object.
> > 
> > I have tried using Firefox under MS Windows, and Firefox does not even recognize
> > the MIME type at all, even after installing DirectShow filters. It does not
> > even know what to offer to download.
> > 
> > I am happy to give separate tech support instructions for different browsers and
> > operating systems, because my hope is that people will keep coming back to my
> > site for educational information. I may offer WAV or MP3 formats for more
> > casual users, or perhaps just short "teasers" to get them to download the
> > decoders for the more efficient speex format.
> > 
> > My hope is by getting an answer to this question, I can help promote the use of
> > speex on the web. I certainly plan to send any solutions to the Firefox team,
> > so that they recognize and offer to download players for the speex MIME type in
> > the future.
> > 
> > ----------------------
> > Alex S. Brown, PMP
> > alexsbrown at alexsbrown.com
> > http://www.alexsbrown.com/
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