[whatwg] audio vs. video

Sander Tekelenburg st at isoc.nl
Sun Mar 18 09:00:04 PDT 2007

At 20:12 -0800 UTC, on 2007-03-17, Benjamin West wrote:


> * Should users be given a control to manipulate embedded audio?

Obviously, yes. A UA that doesn't would be even worse than one that doesn't
provide protection from 'pop-ups'.

> * If using Audio(), who's responsibility is it to provide that
> control/user interface?  UA? Authors?

The UA. Letting each and every content provider decide on the UI for their
content just creates usablity hell for end users. Content providers will
likely want to provide their own UI, if only for 'branding'. So, for adoption
sake, it might be wise to allow this, but UAs would have to allows users to
override that in favour of the UA's built-in UI. (See also
<http://www.euronet.nl/~tekelenb/WWW/LINK/> for the general argument.)

Sander Tekelenburg
The Web Repair Initiative: <http://webrepair.org/>

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