[whatwg] Chipset support is a good argument

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Sun Jul 5 20:19:20 PDT 2009

On Mon, 6 Jul 2009, Robert O'Callahan wrote:
> Some authors want a royalty-free video codec. We have an implementation, 
> Theora. I believe linking HTML5 to it would increase author demand for 
> it to be supported in all browsers, and help those authors make a 
> stronger case.

Given the volume of support Theora has gotten without it being in the 
spec, I don't see why putting it in HTML5 would have any effect on author 
demand. The demand already exists, and the customer pressure on Apple will 
rise as more and more sites make use of Theora. I don't see that the spec 
saying "must...Theora" would have any effect. If anything, I think it 
would be a negative effect, since it would mean that at least one thing in 
the spec was there despite it being known that one vendor is actively 
refusing to implement it (as opposed to just not having gotten to it yet).

> If I didn't think so, I wouldn't be wasting my time here.

I have no doubt that you are arguing in good faith. :-)

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