[whatwg] video tag javascript library for contemporary browsers

Robert O'Callahan robert at ocallahan.org
Wed Oct 15 21:27:13 PDT 2008

On Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 5:03 PM, Michael A. Puls II <shadow2531 at gmail.com>wrote:

> Maybe <video> needs something (currently. maybe not in a few years)
> like a wmode param where the author can suggest (and the user can
> ultimately override if necessary) whether it's accelerated or not.
> Then, a site might provide <video wmode="something"> all  by itself on
> a separate page as an alternative to the normal
> all-cpu-driven-can-be-overlayed  version.

No, that is definitely not the right way to go.

We could actually detect situations where an overlay could be used, and use
it automatically, if that makes sense. I'm not sure it does. Let us work on
general video performance first and if we can't get close to VLC that way,
then we'll see if overlay tricks are needed. We know we can improve
performance quite a bit already without fundamental changes (e.g. we don't
use MMX on Windows yet, and we're making some big improvements to the
organization of our Ogg decoder).

"He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are
healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his
own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all." [Isaiah
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