[whatwg] Chipset support is a good argument
ian at hixie.ch
Mon Jul 6 03:27:44 PDT 2009
On Mon, 6 Jul 2009, Jonas Sicking wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 5, 2009 at 8:14 PM, Ian Hickson<ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> > On Mon, 6 Jul 2009, Silvia Pfeiffer wrote:
> >> It's not the standard alone that makes it happen. The standard is for
> >> the general market neither a necessary nor a sufficient requirement
> >> for uptake. However, for the individual vendor, a standard and the
> >> perception that the market is adopting it will be a sufficient
> >> requirement to make a decision to create a product. Lacking the
> >> standard, just the perception that the market is adopting makes
> >> taking that decision just that much harder.
> > I don't buy it. Nobody bases their business decisions on what specs
> > say, they base them on what their customers and potential customers
> > say they are going to spend money on. (Or the equivalent in the
> > relevant market.)
> It's not the spec by itself that affects business decisions. It's the
> people that back the spec that does. Having names like W3C, Mozilla,
> Opera, Google, and the many other parties participating here officially
> get behind a HTML spec that endorses Theora sends a signal that this
> isn't just a buzz word, but something that is likely to stick around.
> Especially in the context of what the future of the web is going to look
> Even better would be if we can get names like Apple and Microsoft to
> endorse this too, but I don't think it stands and falls by having these
> endorsements right now. Especially since so far I see no reason that
> couldn't come later.
Theora is already being endorsed by Mozilla, Opera, and Google; I don't
think the incremental benefit of having the W3C spec mention Theora would
offset the loss of having the spec move away from describing consensus.
(For the same reason, I expect to split out the SQL stuff from Web Storage
before Web Storage moves on. This seems like the same situation to me.)
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