[whatwg] Removal of Ogg is *preposterous*

Jeff McAdams jeffm at iglou.com
Wed Dec 12 13:34:44 PST 2007

David Hyatt wrote:
> On Dec 12, 2007, at 6:38 AM, Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
>> David Hyatt wrote:
>>> Fear of submarine patents is only one reason Apple is not interested
>>> in Theora.  There are several other reasons.  H.264 is a technically
>>> superior solution to Theora.  Ignoring IP issues, there would be no
>>> reason to pick Theora over H.264.  Everyone wants an open freely
>>> implementable codec, but it doesn't follow that Theora should
>>> automatically be that codec.  About the only argument I've heard in
>>> favor of Theora is that "it's open", but that is an argument based
>>> purely on IP and not on technical merits.

>> Openness is a prerequisite. Technical adequacy is a prerequisite. The
>> technically best solution is not a prerequisite. In case it isn't
>> obvious yet, an open, adequate format is preferred over a better
>> proprietary one.

> I don't think that is obvious at all, 

I think its extremely obvious and critically important to more and more
end-users.  Apple would do well to consider this issue in more depth.
Jeff McAdams
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a
little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
                                       -- Benjamin Franklin

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