[whatwg] Some <video> questions

Maciej Stachowiak mjs at apple.com
Tue Jan 29 18:31:56 PST 2008

On Jan 29, 2008, at 6:17 PM, Charles wrote:

> Maciej,
>> But I think the premise of the question misses the point of the
>> <video> element.
> I may very well be completely missing the point.
> I'll be satisfied if someone tells me that <video> is not intended  
> to be the
> preferred way to embed video on web pages, in which case I'll  
> quietly return
> to my corner.

That is the goal. But you seem to think that this requires being a  
Flash or even Silverlight container, and I disagree that this is  
relevant to the goal.

>> People now commonly use Flash to write video players because the
>> old-school way of embedding video [...] was not capable or
>> consistent enough.
> There are lots of reasons that people use Flash, but it's no easier or
> harder to embed than any other player/runtime.

I mentioned capabilities (in particular the ability to build rich  
custom controls with custom branding) and consistency (Flash is more  
widely available than any single video plugin). Not ease of embedding.

>> It is designed to embed video, not video players implemented in
>> other technologies.
> But in Safari, <video> = QuickTime.  Is that not a player-centric  
> rather
> than a content-centric design?

QuickTime is an implementation detail. To the extent that we promise  
support for specific video formats, it will be based on the format,  
not the implementation technology, and we reserve the right to change  
the back end for some or all video formats. In any case, QuickTime is  
a technology for playing back video (and audio), not a technology for  
running content that might implement a media player. It is not  
parallel to Flash. Flash is more akin to applet technologies like Java.


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