[whatwg] Thoughts on video accessibility

Robert O'Callahan robert at ocallahan.org
Wed Dec 10 17:40:43 PST 2008

On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 5:56 PM, Dave Singer <singer at apple.com> wrote:

> At 21:33  +1300 9/12/08, Robert O'Callahan wrote:
>> For what it's worth, loading an intermediate document of some new type
>> which references other streams to be loaded adds a lot of complexity to the
>> browser implementation. It creates new states that the decoder can be in,
>> and introduces new failure modes. It creates new timing issues and possibly
>> new security issues.
> I'm not sure I agree;  but if you believe that, we should address it no
> matter which way this discussion goes.  It should absolutely be possible to
> reference a SMIL file, or an MP4 or MOV file with external data (to give
> only two examples) from a <video> or <audio> element, and have the DOM,
> events, states, and APis work correctly.

I agree it should be done eventually, it's just significantly more
complicated than what we have to deal with currently.

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the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are
healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his
own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all." [Isaiah
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