It is interesting that when I add a link type resource to a course page then it is not linked to the player by the multimedia filter, but when I add the same link into a lable or week/topic summary, then the same resource is linked to the swish audio player.
Link resources are not filtered even if the option to filter everything is on.
Does anyone know what the rational behind this is?
I guess, ideally, it would be nice to be able to select link, or don't link, in the resource detailed setup page.
Ways of creating an audio player linked audio resouce...
First of all, go to admin >> filters and click on the pale eyelash to the left of the "multimedia" filter in the list of filters. This will turn on the filter that automatically replaces links to mp3 and other audio/video files with an embedded flash player.
1) As a label
Turn on Editing and click on one of the "Add a resource..." and choose "Insert a Label." In the new window use the "link" icon in the html editor to link from a word (or space, or colon, or full stop/period).
The mp3 file will then be linked from the course page like this (sorry it is in Japanese)
2) Link to a file or web site
Alternatively, again clicking on Add a resource... one can then choose "Add to a file or website." One then has three options
2.1) Link to a file or web site in the same window in the same frame. The default is to use another frame, so you have to click on the button "Show Settings"
And then click to remove the check on the "put resource in a frame to keep site navigation visible" as below
The result looks like this - it uses a GIANT version of the flash player.
2.2) In the same window in a different frame.
Following the same process above, but using the default setting to "Put resource in a frame to keep site navigation visible" the results seem to depend on the browser and its settings.
When in a different frame, the second frame does NOT seem to link to the flash player. The second frame is a link ONLY to the audio file. Hence, the result may be (in my IE 6 at home) to link to a windows media player in a frame on the left of the picture, leaving the frame below the navigation frame empty. Beware of closing this page without turning off the audio (as I have just done) since the audio keeps playing.
Or the result may be to display a realtime player in the empty frame below the navigation frame, in one has realtime player installed.
Hence the default settings for a Link resource, produces a variety of results without using the flash player.
2.3) Link to a seperate window.
Again using "Add a Resource..." "Add to a file or website" "Show Settings" and Click on the "New Window" box. The GIANT flash player is added in the new window, looking like this.
In all of the above three cases (2.1, 2.2, 2.3), there will not be a link to the mp3 player on the course page.
3) Compose a Web Page
One can also add a link from a web page resource. Again click on "Add a Resource..." and on "Compose a web page" then using the html editor link to the mp3 file from a word (etc) and the result will look like this (from Art Lader's site) , using the small flash player.
Again, the mp3 player will not be linked directly from the course homepage.
The choice is yours.
It is a bit confusing. The most confusing results are achieved using the default "Link to file or web site," since in this case, the flash player is not used either on the course page or the new page.