[whatwg] Video (Was: How not to fix HTML)
mjs at apple.com
Mon Oct 30 16:13:52 PST 2006
On Oct 30, 2006, at 2:49 PM, Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Mon, 30 Oct 2006, Charles Iliya Krempeaux wrote:
>> Would you be open to hearing suggestions about how to add native
>> and video player support?
> Sure. FWIW, there's a lot of interest in browser vendors about
> a <video> element or some such (or maybe making browsers natively
> video in <object>, or both).
> (What's most needed right now in this area is probably implementation
Having a <video> element (and perhaps also <audio> and <animation>
for other timed media) is mostly orthogonal to native non-plugin
implementation. Such elements could still defer to plugins to do
their work, or conversely some types could be given a native
implementation in <object> elements, much as HTML or image content is
done today. The main advantages for distinguished elements would be:
1) Better semantics. A search engine indexing documents to find "most
popular videos" or the like would be able to see from the source
document what is embedded as a video rather than having to guess
based on the type or URL an <object> points to. Similarly, screen
readers would know that a <video> element might still be partially
accessible to a blind user whereas <audio> would not.
2) Potential to define a useful common API for controlling timed
media; right now each plugin exposes its own different API if it
exposes one at all.
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