[whatwg] HTML5 video element - default to fallback in cases where UA can't play format
kit at iqmultimedia.com.au
Tue Oct 27 20:15:37 PDT 2009
Thanks for the really in-depth reply; you make some excellent points
(particularly defining a video source file with the src attribute). I
think it all boils down to the fact that canPlayType() can return
"maybe"; and in those cases the expected behaviour I mention isn't
we'll go forward that way until we can see some commercial benefit
targeting Gecko users more actively.
I do think this will mean holding out on one of the most exciting new
features of HTML5 for the foreseeable future for client work, though
(at least until we see what the MSIE roadmap for support looks like;
if they require yet another new format, we'll inevitably change from a
<video>/QT/Flash hierarchy to just QT/Flash (and lose practically
nothing). Yet again, I think the defining factor will be the mobile
web; if hardware decoders for OGG become cheap enough to be reasonably
added to iPhones and Blackberries, etc. the incentive to quickly
migrate away from Flash is more clear.
Thanks for your detailed response!
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