[html5] OGG--Why vs

Robert O'Rourke rob at sanchothefat.com
Thu Dec 13 10:09:39 PST 2007

> Ian Hickson wrote:
>> > On Thu, 13 Dec 2007, Barry Loo wrote:
>> >   
>>> >> Multiple formats exist because no one format will ever be loved by 
>>> >> everyone, ever.  The HTML4 spec calls for support of more than one image 
>>> >> file format (e.g. JPEG, PNG); why not specify more than one (free and 
>>> >> open-source) video format?
>>> >>     
>> >
>> > As the HTML5 spec says:
>> >
>> > # User agents may support any video and audio codecs and container 
>> > # formats.
>> >  -- http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#video
> It would be nice if they pre-packaged a media player as part of the 
> browser, plugins for any/all other formats could be added to that by 
> users as they need them and then we as web developers could just use the 
> HTML5 syntax for media. Is this an idea that has any mileage?
> -Rob

James Deville wrote:
> Wasn't that the idea with requiring support for OGG?
> If not, I like the idea if there is a format that can be agreed on.
> JD

Yeah I guess, I'm a late-comer to all this. I wasn't suggesting 
requiring support for OGG in particular as Ian pointed out the spec is 
open on the subject of which formats vendors choose to support. What I'm 
suggesting is that the web browser has a built-in media player that can 
be invoked via the HTML. Then you can just add codecs to it like you do 
to watch various formats on your PC. For example for I could get the 
.mov, .wmv, .rm codecs etc... and the browser would have one front-end 
to play them all that I can design and style via HTML and CSS... or 
something. Sorry I'm not making myself too clear, just another pipe 
dream I think.


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