[whatwg] <video> element proposal

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Fri Mar 2 02:01:33 PST 2007

Shadow2531 wrote:
> 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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