your tutorials are a great starting point for me.
Thanks! Be sure to check the reader comments after the articles; often the readers come up with clever refinements.
when we come across one that starts playing music, it can be most annoying.
Moreso because the music itself is usually harsh-sounding and repetitious.
I think it makes sense to give the web viewer the choice to initiate the audio elements rather than having them automatically play.
Agreed — especially if the designer makes the Mute button hard to find.
Are we destined forever to silent web pages as being the norm?
I think as more people start to browse the Web on devices like the iPhone, sound may become more important, because it will help compensate for small screen sizes. The trick, of course, is to design sounds to add information rather than distract.