[whatwg] Xiph.Org Statement Regarding the HTML5 Draft and the Ogg Codec Set

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu Dec 13 02:48:54 PST 2007

On Thu, 13 Dec 2007, Sanghyeon Seo wrote:
> 2007/12/13, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs at apple.com>:
> > It's unfortunate that this press release conflates Ogg, Vorbis and
> > Theora. They do not have equivalent deployment, testing and review
> > status (or for that matter technical quality), and this is already a
> > widespread point of confusion.
> If the change under discussion was not to remove Ogg, but to remove 
> Theora and leave Vorbis alone, such distinction would be expected.
> But the change under discussion removed the mention of Ogg altogether, 
> and didn't leave the mention of Vorbis, which I found strange.

I just removed the entire paragraph for <video>. I figured it didn't make 
any sense to require an audio codec without saying what the video codec 
was, since in practice one basically dictates the other. It's the video 
codec that's at issue, primarily.

(For <audio> the baseline codec is PCM in WAVE, which is all you really 
need for sound effects. We'll eventually also require whatever audio codec 
is required for <video> to be made available to <audio> just so that a 
high-compression codec is also available, but that's not the primary use 
case. It would make no sense to require a different baseline audio codec 
for the non-sfx use case for <audio> than was required for <video>.)

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