[whatwg] Attribute proposal: <video autostart>

Maik Merten maikmerten at gmx.net
Mon Mar 19 04:54:51 PDT 2007

Mihai Sucan schrieb:
> 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*)

This also sorta tangents the question if UAs should provide a default UI
that does not depend on JavaScript being enabled to fire the control
events. If there's no autostart feature and the user has disabled
JavaScript then there's no way to access the video content if I
understand the current draft correctly (correct me if I am wrong).

So either have an autostart feature (the user may want an option to turn
that off) or require at least a primitive subset of the controls to be
implemented on the browser side (something like "click and it'll play,
click again and it is paused" or a simple context menu offering play,
pause and stop).

More information about the whatwg mailing list