[whatwg] Codecs (was Re: Apple Proposal for Timed Media Elements)

Gareth Hay gazhay at gmail.com
Fri Mar 23 05:31:41 PDT 2007

I defer on the legal side, i really do,

On 23 Mar 2007, at 12:18, Christian F.K. Schaller wrote:

> I mean what have we truly achieved if the new VIDEO element means that
> web page developers still have to support Windows Media for Windows
> clients, MPEG4 for Apple systems and Ogg for Linux/Unix systems? I  
> think
> in that case most web developers would be more than happy to just  
> stick
> to using flash video, at least they can get away with encoding once  
> and
> have a decent chance of all platforms supporting it.

For the <video> tag to work in the situation you describe, across  
platforms and browsers means introducing a codec into the spec.
*If* this is possible, it then depends on browser developers  
following the spec,
*If* they do that, it is still possible for developers to use the  
video they already have encoded, in the new video tag (as I can't see  
a video tag working if you *require* a specific codec for all  
content), to the exclusion of those who's UA don't support it, and  a  
lot of people will only care if it works in IE.

I'm with you, we should aim for the sky, I just think there are too  
many road blocks in the way.


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