[whatwg] Video proposals

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu May 15 02:55:50 PDT 2008

On Mon, 26 Mar 2007, Benoit Piette wrote:
> Another thing I like about the <video> proposal apart from the 
> consistent API across browsers is that controls buttons could be 
> generated by the browser, which would leed to a consistent user 
> interface within the browser. This would be good for usability. Same 
> with <audio>. I don't think those two tags would replace <object> though 
> .<video> and<audio> would be a simpler way to do 80% of the needs of 
> video / audio integration. I would be happy to use <object> for a more 
> complex need.
> In the same train of thought, a <document> tag might be useful. I always 
> found anoying that for many embeded documents (word or pdf) you would 
> have a second user interface that have similar functionnality to the web 
> browser (ex: search within a document). Something like <document src="" 
> type="application/ms-word" />. Having a consistent API and consistent 
> user interface for an embeded document would be certainly useful. 
> Imagine a consitent interface (user and API) for an embeded word 
> document, a pdf, or even an editable content / controls for a CMS, wiki 
> or a blog... Of course, creating an API that can edit both a PDF and a 
> Word document is something daunting to say the least... But something 
> that could be useful for simple content creation (like in a simple CMS, 
> blog or wiki, something that can actualy generate valid HTML!) and 
> general document embedding for viewing might be possible.

What you describe here seems to be exactly what <iframe> is.

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