[whatwg] Some <video> questions
mjs at apple.com
Tue Jan 29 17:33:15 PST 2008
On Jan 29, 2008, at 5:11 PM, Charles wrote:
>> What am I missing that you don't like?
> Are Adobe/Microsoft going to be update their Flash/Silverlight browser
> plug-ins in order to be first-class <video> handlers in Safari on
> Mac and
I think that would be a question for Adobe and Microsoft.
But I think the premise of the question misses the point of the
<video> element. People now commonly use Flash to write video players
because the old-school way of embedding video (using <object>/<embed>
with QuickTime, Windows Media, Real or other plugins) was not capable
or consistent enough. Note that this change happened relatively
recently however. Web developers are willing to switch deployment
technology if there is enough advantage to doing so.
<video> is a mechanism intended to give enough capabilities to write
useful web video players in HTML+JS+CSS (with reasonable defaults for
people who don't want to go to a lot of effort). It is designed to
embed video, not video players implemented in other technologies. It
is a video player, not a video player player.
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