Robert J Crisler
rcrisler1 at unl.edu
Wed Apr 2 08:55:53 PDT 2008
>> From my perspective, and for what it's worth, I doubt that
>> the ideals of the W3C as expressed in 184.108.40.206 <http://220.127.116.11>
>> result in a situation that would be superior to simply letting the
>> international standards body for audio and video codecs deal with
>> technological areas.
Gervase Markham wrote:
> Your plan would, at least, prevent the "standard" codec being
> on Free operating systems. Meeting 18.104.22.168 as it stands would not
> prevent this. Therefore, it would be a superior situation.
David Gerard wrote:
The actual solution is a large amount of compelling content in Theora
or similar. Wikimedia is working on this, though we're presently
hampered by a severe lack of money for infrastructure and are unlikely
to have enough in time for FF3/Webkit/HTML5.
It will be very, very difficult to develop critical mass for content
encoded in Theora (or Dirac), much less ubiquity. I'm not saying
there's no point in trying. I applaud the effort, though I have
misgivings about the W3C setting itself up as a video/audio standards
organization when we already have the Motion Picture Experts Group.
But ... why not recommend that web developers encode in MPEG-4 AVC or
Theora? At least that would give some direction out of the current
morass. ISO/IEC standards, like AVC/h.264, are vastly preferable to
single-vendor (non)standards from Adobe, MS and Real. Why should the
W3C choose not create a better situation than the current one (which
is a mess for developers and a mess for users), while continuing to
work on the ideal?
Robert J Crisler
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