[whatwg] Attribute proposal: <video autostart>

Mihai Sucan mihai.sucan at gmail.com
Mon Mar 19 04:21:12 PDT 2007

Le Mon, 19 Mar 2007 10:15:43 +0200, Alexey Feldgendler  
<alexey at feldgendler.ru> a écrit:

> Automatic behavior in HTML has been traditionally expressed through  
> scripting. It's not hard to write a one-line script which automatically  
> starts playback, but solutions based on scripting are easier to  
> circumvent on the user side (and it's good).
> -1 for |autoplay|.

+1 for |autoplay|

We may, or may not, like automatic audio/video playback, but the reality  
is, most, if not all, video sites automatically start video playback.

Question is, why not?

As a user, it's convenient for me to search for some video, click it and  
have it automatically play. Do I have to enable JavaScript for that? Or  
... do I have to click the play button? Or ... wait, I have to enable JS  
for the play button as well. (*cough* forced branded UI *cough*)

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