[whatwg] <video> element proposal

Elliotte Harold elharo at metalab.unc.edu
Sat Mar 3 04:58:17 PST 2007

Karl Dubost wrote:

> Why it is not necessary good to mandate a specific format in a 
> specification
> * When to standardize, especially an RDF API
>   Dan Connolly
> [1] http://www.w3.org/QA/2007/03/orthogonal_specifications_is_good

That makes some sense, though reading it one thing jumps out at me. Why 
can we not link to a video with an img element? Why can't we link to a 
Flash animation or SVG or SMIL with an img element? Isn't a video just 
another image format? If the specifications really are orthogonal, then 
the media format shouldn't be relevant.

By the way, I checked. HTML 4.0.1 never actually defines "image". It 
says imgs link to images, but it doesn't say anything about images being 
static that I noticed.

How orthogonal are the specs really?

Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo at metalab.unc.edu
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