[whatwg] MPEG-1 subset proposal for HTML5 video codec

Jonas Sicking jonas at sicking.cc
Sat May 30 16:27:24 PDT 2009

On Sat, May 30, 2009 at 4:20 AM, Den.Molib <den.molib at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm afraid that if using a subset of a bigger, patented, standard.
> Some browsers will include the full codec. Web authors see their videos
> reproduce correctly, and put them in the web thinking they're 'standard',
> while the user agents including only the license-free version won't be
> able to view them.
> Thus de facto requiring the full support for the web, in what could be
> considered a variant of 'embrace and extend' issues, even if not
> intentional.

This is why mozilla have chosen not to include h.264 support in
Firefox 3.5 where we're adding support for the <video> element. I
think it's unfortunate that google didn't make the same decision.

/ Jonas

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