[whatwg] Proposal: Changing Section to Recommend Support of Speex

Ivo Emanuel Gonçalves justivo at gmail.com
Sat May 26 14:06:32 PDT 2007

Hello all,

Section of the HTML 5 specification (regarding the <video>
element) recommends that user-agents should suport both Theora and
Vorbis.  This, I believe, is a great idea for interoperability between
the different platforms out there, to make sure that <video> will work
on as many user-agents as possible.

I would like to propose that section, regarding the <audio>
element, be changed to recommend that user-agents should support the
Speex voice codec, as Speex seems perfectly suited for podcasts, as
well as for pages read aloud.  These situations seem to be one of/the
aim of the <audio> element, hence it appears that Speex, due to its
quality, patent-free status, open specification, and architecture
reflecting the needs of the Internet seems to be the natural choice
for interoperability of the <audio> element.

Feedback welcome.

Best regards,
Ivo Emanuel Gonçalves

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