[whatwg] The issue of interoperability of the <video> element
gary.kk5st at gmail.com
Tue Sep 4 17:31:46 PDT 2007
Dave Singer wrote:<snip>
> Lastly, I feel a little hurt that Apple is
> being so attacked when we take great efforts to develop, implement,
> promote, and interoperate open systems and specifications, while there
> are others in the industry who make no such efforts. Could the rhetoric
> against us be toned down a little, please?
I have followed this thread through all its ravelings, and have seen no
attacks on Apple (and those more on the decisions than on the company),
other than on this particular issue. Is that so unwarranted?
It is certain that MSFT has more to be railed against, but the general
feeling is that there is a greater than zero chance that Apple would
listen and respond positively. Not so with that other guy.
I'm just one of the grunts in the trenches, trying to produce web pages
that are usable and accessible. I want and need ubiquitous audio and
video technologies. That means for general use Real and wmv are out.
MPEG4 has serious baggage. At the moment, we're left with ogg
theora/vorbis for the minimum supported format. The submarine patents
are a red herring. As with gif and mp3, there are/will be alternatives
if the sub breaches. Deal with it if and when it happens, as we've done
As an aside to the lawyers, couldn't adverse possession be invoked in
the case of hidden patents?
Anyone can make a usable web site. It takes a graphic
designer to make it slow, confusing and painful to use.
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