[whatwg] video tag : loop for ever

Kristof Zelechovski giecrilj at stegny.2a.pl
Wed Oct 15 11:03:21 PDT 2008

Play count 9999999999999 means just that number, it does not mean "forever"
by itself.  It is only functionally like "forever" because no one is likely
to let it loop till the play count specified is reached.  A 32-bit quantity
is enough to get this effect.

-----Original Message-----
From: whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org
[mailto:whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org] On Behalf Of Joao Eiras
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 1:19 PM
To: Henri Sivonen
Cc: whatwg group
Subject: Re: [whatwg] video tag : loop for ever

Using a high number like 9999999999999 is, IMO, stupid.

You'd be forced to tell in the spec that playcount would have to be a
16, 32, 64, or X bit big integer, and if anything overflows the
boundaries imposed by the internal integer representation, then
playcount would have to be rounded to the highest possible boundary or
assume infinite looping.
Else, some browser will use a 64bit representation while its neighbour
will use a 32bit integer (common sense might find 64bit too big and
awkward) but then an authoring tool or author use
playcount="9999999999" (10 digits) and somehow the browser with 32bit
playcount integer breaks.

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