[whatwg] video tag javascript library for contemporary browsers

Silvia Pfeiffer silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 14 21:17:56 PDT 2008

I love the library and would even recommend telling the WHATWG mailing
list about it. Maybe it can become part of what WHATWG provide in the


On Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 9:45 AM, Michael Dale <dale at ucsc.edu> wrote:
> Just wanted to give this list heads up about the mv_embed library we use on
> the metavid.org site.
> The idea of the library is to abstract an ~html5 like~ video implementation
> for multiple underlining plugin types. Allowing a web designer to target a
> single extended DOM element with html5 like properties and have it apply
> across many different underlining browser plugins.
> Once the javascript library is included in the page the web developer can
> use the the video tag. A top level video tag with child flash and ogg source
> types is also supported (the library auto-negotiates what the client can
> playback based on plugin detection and then selects that format for display)
> The library also supports seeking, remote embedding, inline display of timed
> text/html (via CMML), skinning the play controls via css, the ROE media
> description format, thumbnails and other features.
> more info at:
> http://metavid.org/wiki/Mv_Embed
> the metavid.org site of course makes heavy use of the library for its
> collaborative transcription and annotation system for pubic domain us house
> and senate floor footage.  more info about metavid at:
> http://metavid.org   or the blog:  http://metavid.org/blog
> What do people think about this approach to support older browsers or
> browsers that are slow to pick up the tag?
> peace,
> michael

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