[whatwg] <video> element proposal
gerv at mozilla.org
Fri Mar 2 02:01:33 PST 2007
> With that said, if a browser can make its video element support as
> many formats as it wants (which I believe most people want), I do
> believe that its essential that
> there be a base format that must (or strongly should) be supported.
> That base format might be theora or something else.
> Or, do most feel the video element should just support whatever the
> browser wants and leave it at that?
I think a base format is vital. With <img> we had de-facto standard
formats because of what the first browsers supported. It took ages to
get another one added (PNG) and it wasn't widely used until browser
support firmed up.
If a base format can't be guaranteed, people will just keep using Flash,
which works almost everywhere (currently, with proprietary software
only, but keep an eye on Gnash).
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