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 Self Launching Sound--Not Such a Sound Idea!
Self launching sound can deliver a nasty late-night surpriseEmbedded sound files are another one of those oh-so-cool effects that Web newbies adore, till the first time they get caught by surprise. Somebody's been using the computer during the middle of the day to listen to MP3s REAL LOUD! You forget the sound is cranked up through the roof. It's now 2 AM and everybody else in the house is sound asleep--until you hit this site and the sound comes blaring out like a police bullhorn. Because of this, lots of Internet veterans have come to despise auto-launching sound in web sites, especially if it is some cheesy sounding MIDI file.
      If you want to embed sound, it's a good idea to provide a button and let the user decide to launch the music or leave it off as they see fit.
      Also be aware that current music is mostly under copyright. You have no more right to just grab it for free and embed it in your site than you do to steal the text and graphics of a neat site belonging to a competitor and claim it for your own. Do it, and you are quite likely to get a cease and desist letter from the artist's attorneys. Make lots of money with it, and you may find yourself in court.

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  bullet Remember that your monitor is not everybody's monitor.  
  bullet Image errors have many aliases.  
  bullet Watch out for disappearing fonts.  
  bullet Remember 3 words, Show and Tell.  
  bullet Avoid needless distractions.  
  bullet Keep formatting in reason.  
  bullet Pardon our construction, or don't.  
  bullet Splash no splash in search engines.  
  bullet SEO gone in a Flash.Turn Sound Down First!  
  bullet Music to my ears may not be music to every ear.  
  bullet Keywords? Start with the contents of Webster's.  
  bullet Don't be a Copy Cat.  
  bullet Do be a Copy Writer, or hire an expert to write good copy.  
  bullet Don't be selfish. Share the Wealth.  
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