[whatwg] <video> element error handling

Nathanael Ritz nathanritz at gmail.com
Wed Mar 18 09:08:27 PDT 2009

For the same sort of reason we would want "to show text to the [users of
older browsers] informing them of how to access the video contents." I don't
think the problem of being unable to access the video contents is going to
be purely for those with older browsers.

Instructions on how to find the appropriate codec is an example of the kind
of information a user with a newer browser might like to know when a video
can't be rendered. And that would be much nicer than showing nothing at all.


On Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 8:33 AM, Kristof Zelechovski
<giecrilj at stegny.2a.pl>wrote:

>  I would expect video type text/html to work everywhere for fallback; the
> text can contain an error message.
> Or, since there are only so many systems that support HTML video, create a
> set of video error messages encoded in the preferred formats for all those
> platforms (WMV, QT, OGG) and provide all of them.  One of them should work.
> Why is it so important that the viewer gets an error message instead of
> getting nothing?  How do you think it would help the reader?
> Cheers,
> Chris
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