[whatwg] The issue of interoperability of the <video> element

Silvia Pfeiffer silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com
Sun Jun 24 06:08:35 PDT 2007

On 6/24/07, Spartanicus <mk98762 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Imo for content providers to choose <video> over Flash, client support
> needs to be close to Flash. Requiring IE and Safari users to go and
> download and install third party software to play content would imo be
> considered too much of a hindrance when Flash "simply works".

Cortado is a java applet that "simply works" (apart from a few bugs :)
and provides Ogg Theora support to Web Browsers even now. There is no
need to install third-party-software, apart from Java.

For Flash video to work, you have to have the Flash plugin installed.
For Cortado to work, you have to have Java installed. The install-base
of Flash and Cortado is probably comparable. So, "client support needs
to be close to Flash" can be fulfilled with a bit of effort.


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