[whatwg] Codecs for <audio> and <video> -- informative note?

Adam Shannon ashannon1000 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 5 18:09:21 PDT 2009

On Sun, Jul 5, 2009 at 8:02 PM, Jim Jewett <jimjjewett at gmail.com> wrote:

> Ian Hickson wrote:
> |  <video> does support fallback, so in practice you can just use Theora
> and
> |  H.264 and cover all bases.
> Could you replace the codec section with at least an informative note
> to this effect?  Something like,
> "As of 2009, there is no single efficient codec which works on all
> modern browsers.  Content producers are encouraged to supply the video
> in both Theora and H.264 formats, as per the following example"
> (If there is an older royalty-free format that is universally
> supported, then please mention that as well, as it will still be
> sufficient for some types of videos, such as crude animations.)

The browser vendors were not able to implement the same codec (because of
patent's and copyrights), so no codec was able to be chosen. (
http://lists.whatwg.org/htdig.cgi/whatwg-whatwg.org/2009-July/ )

> -jJ

- Adam Shannon ( http://ashannon.us )
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