[whatwg] <video> element proposal

Keryx Web webmaster at keryx.se
Sat Mar 17 03:58:02 PDT 2007

Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> We're not enforcing this upon the world ;-)

Speaking about enforcing. When this element gets implemented there are a 
few things I would demand from my browser:

1. That videos should never start to play without my consent. No more 
bgsound-hellish experiences. Advertisers will protest, but I'd say it is 
up to them to make their commercials so appealing that I'd want to play 
the video in question.

1b. If not (1) That video does not play automatically in a window/tab 
that does not sit in the foreground. I tend to scroll wheel click on 
links a lot. if there is video content on the page that has just opened 
behind the one I am currently in and I would like to watch it, I'd 
definitely prefer to start it when I flip tabs.

2. I would like greater control than just start, stop, pause, forward, 
back and perhaps moving a slider. Looking at this: 

Would it not be great if I could *navigate* to different parts of the 
video according to some headlines:

- Douglas C: opening
- Chris Wilson on...
- Chris Wilson on...
- Håkon Wium Lie on ACID 2
- Håkon Wium Lie on the proposed <video> element

Instead of relying on notes saying: "So and so starts x minutes into the 

Perhaps some sort of "goto" function with associated labels?

Lars Gunther

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