[whatwg] Scripted querying of <video> capabilities

Kristof Zelechovski giecrilj at stegny.2a.pl
Tue Aug 12 00:47:26 PDT 2008

What is the advantage of using JavaScript to determine a viable embedding
method over using alternative streams and fallback content that can include
the OBJECT element where appropriate?

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[mailto:whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org] On Behalf Of Tim Starling
Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2008 1:23 PM
Subject: Re: [whatwg] Scripted querying of <video> capabilities

The reason this is needed, as opposed to using multiple <source> tags,
is because inevitably, some clients will support certain formats via
<object> (or in our special case, <applet>) and not via <video>.
Querying the browser's <video> capabilities allows JS to decide what
sort of embedding method to use. It's an essential migration feature.

-- Tim Starling

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