[whatwg] video tag: pixel aspect ratio

Ralph Giles giles at xiph.org
Wed Oct 15 13:04:01 PDT 2008

On Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 12:31 PM, Sander van Zoest <sander at vanzoest.com> wrote:

> Following that logic, why add the attribute at all?

Well, I like the pixelaspect attribute because incorrect aspect ratios
drive me up the wall. Because the video and its embedding page are
often served from different locations, it's nice to have a way to fix
it the doesn't require editing the video file.

> Have them put it in a Ogg container while they are at it?

I think that would be nice, but I don't see what it has to do with
your proposal.

Look, I was just expressing my opinion on the issue. I agree with you
that pixel aspect ratios should be ratios in general. I don't agree
with you that it's beneficial to represent them that way in this
particular case. Reductio ad absurdum does not apply when the
distinction being argued is exactly the balance of requirements.
Asserting bias based on my advocacy of a format that does use
rationals is specious. Suggesting I'm enforcing whim based on a
position of authority is just silly. I will say no more.


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