[whatwg] <video> element proposal

Kornel Lesinski kornel at osiolki.net
Mon Mar 5 15:19:41 PST 2007

I think it's a good idea to provide API for controlling and monitoring  
video playback and specyfing that it should be possible to overlay HTML  
elements on top of a movie. Probably one of the reasons for adoption of  
Flash as a movie container is ability to create custom players, which are  
consistent with websites' UI/branding, can add advertisements and other  

New <video> element may also clean up problematic properties of <object>,  
like use of obscure classids, plug-in dependent ways of specyfing movie  
source and lack of standard values for <param>.

I'm in favor of requiring browsers to support OGG Vorbis for audio. It's a  
very good codec and bandwidth achievable on the Internet is already much  
greater than required for audio, so there will be little pressure to  
replace it with another codec in future.

However I'm not quite sure if specifying baseline video codec will be much  
help - I'm afraid that any baseline codec specified today will be  
obsoleted in a few years by newer versions of Flash or plugins bundled  
with OS or popular software.

regards, Kornel Lesiński

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