[whatwg] <video> element proposal
mart at degeneration.co.uk
Wed Feb 28 23:33:34 PST 2007
Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> Shadow2531 wrote:
>> I think it'd be cool if the video element *just* supported theora.
> Mandating support for a single specific video format like Theora would
> be like requiring browsers to only support PNG for images. Sure, Theora
> has the major advantage of being (supposedly) patent free (or
> royalty-free patents only), and thus more likely to be natively
> supported in browsers than, say, MPEG, but it's not the only format.
> Unfortunately, it's not even a widely used format in comparison with
> other proprietary/patented formats.
>> If it supports whatever the browser wants to implement, we'd have to
>> do like the following I think.
>> <video src="test.wmv">
>> <video src="test.mpg">
>> <video src="test.ogg>
>> I give up
> Or simply use
> <video src="test"><embed src="test"><!-- fallback --></video>
> And use server-side content negotiation to determine the best one to send.
Either way, one has to maintain a lot of different versions of the same
While I agree that mandating that it only support one format is a bad
idea, I do feel that there should be a baseline format that all browsers
*must* fully support, just as currently we know all browsers fully
support GIF and JPEG.
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