[whatwg] video tag : loop for ever

Eric Carlson eric.carlson at apple.com
Wed Oct 15 20:07:19 PDT 2008

On Oct 15, 2008, at 4:13 PM, Silvia Pfeiffer wrote:

> I like the simple boolean loop attribute.
> I am not sure we need loopStart and loopEnd, since we have start and
> end to reduce the looping to a segment. I would like to avoid going
> down the SMIL path and creating markup that defines interactive
> presentation - rather it should just be a video file (or segment) that
> we do stuff to - not multiple segments that we need to synchronise and
> sequence etc.
   I don't think we need "loopstart" and "loopend" either, looping  
over a segment of a media file seems a very uncommon use case. However  
I also think that playing just a segment of a media file will be a  
common use-case, so I don't think we need "start" and "end" either.

> As for playCount - I am unsure if aside from a boolean loop attribute
> we really need to enable the page author to specify how often a
> video/audio should be viewed/heard. Once, possibly with autoplay, and
> on loop should be enough for an author. I cannot see a use case for a
> fixed number of views, but am happy to be told otherwise.

On Oct 15, 2008, at 4:57 PM, Antti Koivisto wrote:
> Would it be sufficient to have boolean attribute for enabling and  
> disabling looping? Looping more than once but not forever seems like  
> a pretty rare use case.
   I agree that looping a fixed number of times, and looping over a  
segment of a media file are likely to be very uncommon, so I think a  
simple boolean is enough.


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