[whatwg] video tag : loop for ever

Silvia Pfeiffer silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 14 20:52:22 PDT 2008

YouTube has a "loop" parameter (&loop=1), which you need to add to the
URL of the video file in your embed code. It is a boolean, which puts
the number of loops into the control of the user rather than the web
page author.

I'm not sure if that's a better way than what we currently have, but
it's the standard way with Flash right now.


On Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 2:38 PM, Michael A. Puls II
<shadow2531 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 10/14/08, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
>> To be honest I'm not really convinced we need the looping feature at all.
>> It seems like we should drop this from the current version. What benefit
>> does it bring? Is looping really that common? If we got rid of it we could
>> find better ways of picking the start time.
> Whenever I come across an awesome video with an awesome song, I'll
> loop it for hours. I'll even loop it while I sleep. When it comes to
> playlists, I loop them too.
> Not sure if there's an option in the query string I can specify, but
> if youtube supports 'loop', I'll definitely use it. For now, looping
> the flv file in videolan works fine.
> For shoutcast radio streams, I'll loop a playlist of them in foobar
> (after a while a server will boot you and foobar will switch to
> another station)
> Most media players seem to have options like:
> Repeat track or Repeat one or loop
> Repeat all or Repeat playlist
> So, fwiw, for me, the concept of looping forever is an everyday thing.
> Specifying a playcount that's really high can work really well.
> However, 99999999 doesn't specify my intent as well as loop or repeat
> etc. does. If foobar or videolan made me do 999999999 to mean "loop",
> I'd be upset. Same thing with CD players.
> Seeking to the beginning when the ended event fires sounds like a good
> workaround for patching in a loop feature. But, you'd have to do it on
> a per-instance basis. (Unless there's a way to patch the video
> element's constructor from JS to auto attach an event listener when
> the element is created).
> It seems like someone might want to loop video demos over and over too.
> --
> Michael

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