[whatwg] Some <video> questions

James Graham jg307 at cam.ac.uk
Tue Jan 29 14:10:44 PST 2008

Charles wrote:
> Oliver,
>> You're basically complaining about the codec choice...
> No, this thread isn't about that.
> I'm saying that the <video> element doesn't solve the problem that needs
> solving.  Read the thread again, ignore the stuff about 3rd-party QuickTime
> components, and hopefully my points will be clear.

Can you explain it again, because I'm not sure I fully understand what 
you're trying to say and I don't seem to be the only one.

AIUI, the current situation with video is:

We are looking for a single format that all parties will be willing and 
able to deploy. If found, this format will be a MUST support for UAs, so 
providing authors with a single target codec

Independent of that, the video element allows authors to target multiple 
codecs and then allows the browser to select one that it supports.

A strict reading of the spec suggests that UAs are not allowed to 
allocate any space in the content for controls; they must overlay or be 
part of the browser chrome. I don't know if this is a correct reading of 
the spec, or if there is any harn in allowing the UA to take up some of 
the allocated space with controls.

What else do you want?

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