[whatwg] H.264-in-<video> vs plugin APIs
simon at simifilm.ch
Sun Jun 14 10:27:39 PDT 2009
On 14.06.2009, at 04:02, Silvia Pfeiffer wrote:
> As for Safari and any other software on the Mac that is using the
> QuickTime framework, there is XiphQT to provide support. It's a
> QuickTime component and therefore no different to installing a Flash
> plugin, thus you can also count Safari as a browser that has support
> for Ogg Theora/Vorbis, even if I'm sure people from Apple would not
> like to see it this way.
It's actually quite different, on a technical level and for the user.
Flash is a browser plugin and XiphQT is an additional Quicktime codec.
Quicktime has supported third party codec for years; the whole point
of this is that any app which uses Quicktime can make use of these
third party codecs – like Safari does. A browser plugin like Flash
OTOH is useless outside the browser. So like I said: these are quite
different things on several level.
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