[whatwg] video tag : loop for ever

Anne van Kesteren annevk at opera.com
Wed Oct 15 14:14:19 PDT 2008

On Wed, 15 Oct 2008 18:25:51 +0200, João Eiras <joao.eiras at gmail.com>  
> Does it make more sense to use a big integer like
> playcount="9999999999" ? How big can the integer be ? (read my
> previous email about the integer size).
> Many authors will want a video to loop, like a small ad or logo, and
> really don't want to care about any kind of loop count. Infitine
> looping would solve their use case in a simple semantic way.
> Yes, playcount="infinite" or whatever or more semantic than
> playcount="999999999" !!
> Why really don't understand what's the problem of having the keyword,
> or the special case for 0.

That's not the question. The question is whether the looping attributes  
are needed at all. It seems that there's some desire for simple looping,  
e.g. background sounds. That does not require the five attributes the  
specification currently provides though. Rather, it requires one simple  
boolean attribute.

> When you really can't find a simple use case for a feature, someone
> else later on will, so basing your judgment on "if there is a use
> case" is not a good thing for trivial features such as these.

Someone will always be able to come up with a use case for something. The  
question is whether the use case justifies the feature. And use cases have  
to be considered even for small features, as a lot of small features takes  
up a lot of additional engineering, testing, etc. time that could be used  
addressing more common use cases.

Anne van Kesteren

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