[whatwg] Codecs for <audio> and <video>

Ian Fette (イアンフェッティ) ifette at google.com
Wed Jul 1 09:31:50 PDT 2009

2009/7/1 Jeff McAdams <jeffm at iglou.com>

> timeless wrote:
>> I also don't like how people enjoy a good run of corporation hunting.
>  First you go after Microsoft. Then you go after Google. Then you after
>> Apple.
> Many (most?) corporations choose to operate under a heavy veil of secrecy
> (*particularly* Apple).  That choice is also a choice to open themselves up
> these criticisms.  These corporations have to take the good with the bad.
>  If they chose to operate with greater transparency, then they would almost
> certainly come into less criticism.
> I have exactly zero sympathy for Apple, MS, and Google, for the criticisms
> they have received.  They choose to operate in secrecy, then they choose to
> be the target of these criticisms.

I'm not asking for sympathy, but I also don't think the characterization of
Google as operating in secrecy is fair. There's a large number of people
from the Google Chrome team participating on WHATWG and trying to contribute
openly to these discussions. We're operating as an open source project, and
trying to be as open as possible. At the same time, Google is a company
whose purpose (as is any company) is to make money. YouTube is a separate
team and not an open source project, I don't think it's reasonable to expect
all of Google to suddenly release all of its information that has legitimate
business reasons for staying company-internal. We've made what statements we
can make, and I don't honestly think it reasonable to expect more.

> Suck it up.
> --
> Jeff McAdams
> jeffm at iglou.com
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