[whatwg] Start position of media resources

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Wed Apr 29 23:21:01 PDT 2009

On Thu, 30 Apr 2009, Robert O'Callahan wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 1:04 PM, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> > 
> > I have left the spec as is (except for adding startTime), which means 
> > that currentTime can be greater than duration if startTime is not 
> > zero.
> I think it would be safer to have the invariant that 0 <= currentTime <= 
> duration. Most resources will probably have startTime==0 so authors will 
> write scripts expecting these invariants, and their scripts will break 
> when confronted with unusual resources with startTime>0.
> So I think a safer design would be to interpret currentTime as relative 
> to the startTime, perhaps renaming startTime to 'timeOffset' instead?

I considered that, but it seems that in the streaming video ("DVR-like") 
case, in the steady state where the data in the buffer is being thrown 
away at the same rate as the video is being played you'd end up in a weird 
position of the currentTime not changing despite the video playing, which 
would likely be even more confusing.

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