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Including images directly in HTML files

Ruediger Waurig
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Joined: Jul 24, 2001
Posts: 19
Hi there,
I've got the following question:
Usually placing an image in a HTML file is done by
<img SRC="myPicture.jpg">
or
<OBJECT type="image/jpg" data="myPicture.jpg">
</OBJECT>
But this means that there is an external file that contains the image, in this case myPicture.jpg
I don't want to have an additional external file that is referenced from within the HTML file. How can I manage to have the image be included directly in the HTML file itself?
I.e. when sending an e-mail in html format then the pictures are included in the same html file.
Ruediger
Bear Bibeault
Author and ninkuma
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Joined: Jan 10, 2002
Posts: 61222
    
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No can do. HTML just doesn't do that.
E-mail messages that seem to "embed" images in HTML actually do no such thing. Rather, they are multi-part messages where the HTML is included in one part, and any "embedded" images are stored in other parts. The mail client peices it all together for display.
hth,
bear


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David O'Meara
Rancher

Joined: Mar 06, 2001
Posts: 13459

XML includes the ability to embed binary data, so in theory it may be possible in XHTML, but I really doubt that anyone has bothered to implement anything like this in the clients.
Like Bear says, HTML just doesn't do that.
Dave
 
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