[whatwg] Full screen for the <video> element

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Thu Mar 22 09:04:31 PDT 2007

Nicholas Shanks wrote:
> To me full screen mode for video would not alter the browser window 
> size, instead it would cover the screen in a new window and draw just 
> the video into that. The browser window would be left untouched below 
> (though the video may no longer be rendering into it).

This doesn't match the behaviour of "full screen" in application (media 
player, browser, whatever) that I know of...

> I would also like to be able to drag the full-screen video to a 
> secondary monitor, switch back to the browser window and keep browsing 
> (perhaps in another tab or read the rest of the page). 

So what you really want is "move video to new, chromeless, full-screen 

> The video would 
> keep playing full-screen on the other screen until I closed the 
> originating tab, the video ends, or I stop playback.

Of course, when you say "secondary monitor", your use case has just 
eliminated 99.9% of people.


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