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

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Mon Jul 6 01:01:00 PDT 2009

2009/7/6 Jim Jewett <jimjjewett at gmail.com>:

> "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"

A spec that makes an encumbered format a "SHOULD" is unlikely to be
workable for those content providers, e.g. Wikimedia, who don't have
the money, and won't under principle, to put up stuff in a format
rendered radioactive by known enforced patents. Your wording presumes
a paid Web all the way through.

- d.

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