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repeatDur attribute

The repeatDur attribute specifies the length of time that an element repeats before stopping. For example, a media element that is five seconds long with a repeatDur attribute value of 20s plays four times and then stops. If an element is still playing when the repeatDur attribute value ends, the element stops, even if it has not repeated. Thus, when it has a specified repeatDur attribute value, an element may repeat many times, repeat for a fractional number of times, never repeat, or play for a shorter time than its duration. You can use this attribute to repeat a media element or a time container element, such as a seq or excl element.

The repeatDur attribute can have the following values.

Value Description
time Specifies the total duration of the repeated element. For information about valid time formats, see Time formats.
indefinite Specifies that the element should be repeated for an indefinite duration.

If you want to base playback on the number of repetitions rather than on the duration, use the repeatCount attribute instead. Typically, you will use either the repeatDur attribute or the repeatCount attribute, but not both. If both are defined for the same element, the element will repeat for the duration specified in the repeatDur attribute and then repeat for the count specified in the repeatCount attribute.

In the following example, the repeatDur attribute causes the entire playlist, which contains an individual media element and an excl element, to repeat. Although this is not a practical example, it demonstrates how the repeatDur attribute works with elements.

First the media element named LogoGroove repeats for 15 seconds because it has a repeatDur attribute value of 15s. Then the media elements in the excl container play through and repeat for 30 seconds because the excl element has a repeatDur attribute value of 30s. Finally, the entire playlist repeats for a total of three minutes. Given that the total duration of the playlist is 45 seconds, the playlist will repeat four times.

<?wsx version="1.0"?>
<smil repeatDur="3:00">
	<media id="LogoGroove" src="LG.wma" repeatDur="15s"/>
	<excl repeatDur="30s">
		<media id="Introduction" src="Intro.wma" begin="0s"/>
		<media id="Sample" src="Sample.wma" begin="Introduction.end"/>

The repeatDur attribute can be specified for the following playlist elements:

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