[whatwg] Video (Was: How not to fix HTML)

Charles Iliya Krempeaux supercanadian at gmail.com
Mon Oct 30 19:28:58 PST 2006


On 10/30/06, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch > wrote:
> On Mon, 30 Oct 2006, Charles Iliya Krempeaux wrote:
> >
> > Would you be open to hearing suggestions about how to add native video
> > and video player support?
> Sure. FWIW, there's a lot of interest in browser vendors about introducing
> a <video> element or some such (or maybe making browsers natively support
> video in <object>, or both).
> (What's most needed right now in this area is probably implementation
> experience.)

I think there's a set of issues to look at with video and video players on
the web.  For the most part, these can be looked at and decided upon

#1: A natively supported video format.  (Like the way GIF's, JPEG's, and
PNG's are natively supported.)

#2: Video players.  (This would be embedding some kind of video screen in a
webpage... possibly with a play/pause button, stop button, etc.)

#3: Playlists.  (A single video file just won't cut it.)

#4:(Static or animated) thumbnails to videos.

#5: When to pre-fetch and when NOT to pre-fetch videos (and "download" it at
the last possible minute).

#6: JavaScript API for "playing", etc video.

#7: Scrubbing though video

#8: Alternate versions.

(There's some other things that I'd describe ads more advanced... but I'll
save those for now and see how people react to these first.)

To make it easier to manage the conversation, I'll post about each of these
in a separate e-mail.

See ya

    Charles Iliya Krempeaux, B.Sc.

    charles @ reptile.ca
    supercanadian @ gmail.com

    developer weblog: http://ChangeLog.ca/
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