[whatwg] Start position of media resources

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu Apr 30 09:45:44 PDT 2009

On Thu, 30 Apr 2009, David Singer wrote:
> If the resource is 'seekable' then time is relevant, and I agree that 
> time should be a normal play time and run from 0 to duration.

That wouldn't address the use case of files that were split with non-zero 
start times, though, where the author wants the original range to be the 
one visible in the UI.

> If it's not seekable (live), then the UA is free, of course, to buffer 
> and allow seeking in that buffer, but that's a UA thing. Duration is 
> indefinite, and the origin value of current time is also so.

The concern is with resources that are seekable yet indefinite -- and in 
fact, the spec encourages browsers to make streaming resources seekable 
(much like how a DVR makes streaming live TV seekable).

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