[whatwg] <video> element proposal

Anne van Kesteren annevk at opera.com
Thu Mar 1 03:50:44 PST 2007

On Wed, 28 Feb 2007 14:58:48 +0100, Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi at gmx.net>  
> * Anne van Kesteren wrote:
>> Opera has some internal expiremental builds with an implementation of a
>> <video> element. The element exposes a simple API (for the moment) much
>> like the Audio() object:
>>   play()
>>   pause()
>>   stop()
> May I suggest Opera does not implement features that are incompatible
> with SMIL, the SMIL implementation in Internet Explorer, and SVG for
> no extraordinarily good reason?

The element is very much a proposal, as mentioned at the bottom of my  
original e-mail. This can still be aligned with other APIs. However,  
looking at


I'm not sure we want to integrate that given that it requires some kind of  
namespace support in text/html. The other thing is that 'mediacomplete'  
seems to require that the video is completely loaded first which is (a)  
not always something you want and (b) we have a 'load' event for that.

It's not really clear to me how it differs much from SVG:


In any case, if more alignment is needed that's certainly possible.

Anne van Kesteren

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