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

Ivo Emanuel Gonçalves justivo at gmail.com
Tue Jun 26 16:22:52 PDT 2007

I would like to make clear one more thing:

When I attended the iCommons Summit earlier this month, I have met the
project manager of the OLPC project, you know the $150 laptop for
children in developing nations, and the information that I have right
now is that it will not support proprietary media formats.

If all goes well, there will be a large public using Theora video in
their daily-life.  Shouldn't they be able to see Theora video online?
Do we not agree that the <video> element will be a great tool for
online education?  This won't happen if the <video> element becomes a
failure, a failure if every vendor tries to set a different standard
for video.  Not to mention that patented formats will not work for the
large public using the OLPC systems.

See it as you want.  Mozilla, Opera, and the KDE team have agreed that
Theora and Vorbis are perfect for media over the web.  We do not know
the official position of Microsoft, although we can imagine.  We do
know, however, the official stance of Apple.  Should everyone change
their plans because of Apple's decision?  I think not, but then again
I work for none of those companies.


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