[whatwg] <video> element proposal

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Tue Mar 6 02:11:01 PST 2007

James Graham wrote:
> Widespread deployment (despite not working in many situations Flash has 
> close enough to 100% of the desktop market for content producers to 
> ignore the rest). In practice this means at least two things. Firstly, 
> browser manufacturers without significant in-house video expertise 
> should be able to implement the spec using an external library. Secondly 
> it means that we should be able to implement it in existing versions of 
> IE somehow.

A good point. I know nothing about extending IE; would it be possible to 
have an IE addon which implemented support for a <video> tag, or would 
it need to be a plugin and therefore use <object>-style markup?

While it's not as neat in spec terms, if it makes the difference between 
"IE can't support it" and "IE can support it with additional software", 
then a carefully defined subset of <object> might be a better route than 
a new tag. Something like "Any object tag with the following attributes 
exactly should be treated in the following fashion..." (and from then on 
pretend it's a <video> tag).


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