Shared Media and data URIs
Data: URIs can be used with Shared Media. If you're not a geek, why should you care?
In short, one possible use is: say you have some content you want to show on a prim face, but you don't want to go through the trouble of creating an HTML file and uploading it to a webserver. (Or, you don't have a server.)
You can use a data: URI tool to convert web content into a long link you can paste into Shared Media. It saves time and trouble.
Here's a simple example:
- In your web browser, go to The data: URI kitchen. This is an easy tool to convert HTML into a data: URI.
<p>This is a test!</p>.
- Click the Generate button.
- Copy the full data: URI in your web browser's address bar. It should look like this:
data:text/html;charset=utf-8,<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-%2F%2FW3C%2F%2FDTD HTML 4.0%2F%2FEN">%0D%0A<html lang%3D"en">%0D%0A <head>%0D%0A <title>Test<%2Ftitle>%0D%0A <style type%3D"text%2Fcss">%0D%0A <%2Fstyle>%0D%0A <%2Fhead>%0D%0A <body>%0D%0A <p>This is a test!<%2Fp>%0D%0A <%2Fbody>%0D%0A<%2Fhtml>%0D%0A
- Using the steps described here, paste that exact URI into Shared Media on a prim.
- The result should look like this:
What's the difference between a URI and a URL?
This gets fairly technical, but "URL vs. URI vs. URN, in More Concise Terms" has a good explanation.