[whatwg] Video tag in IE

Gregory Maxwell gmaxwell at gmail.com
Sun Feb 21 18:54:55 PST 2010

On Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 8:58 PM, Ashley Sheridan
<ash at ashleysheridan.co.uk> wrote:
> On Sun, 2010-02-21 at 20:26 -0500, Gregory Maxwell wrote:
> I thought the list might appreciate this news regarding plugin-added
> <video/> support in Internet Explorer:
>  http://cristianadam.blogspot.com/2010/02/ie-tag-take-two.html
> Isn't that just a plugin being used to display content that shouldn't require a plugin to play? Or am I missing something?

It's an Activex component providing the HTML5 video tag syntax to a
browser which doesn't otherwise have it. The video is invoked with the
regular HTML5 syntax, and while this is still very early and
incomplete the intent is to provide as large a portion of the API as
is possible.

This isn't a replacement for real native support. It's an intermediate
interoperability measure which, when completely, should lower the
barriers to deploying HTML5 and abandoning legacy playback technology.

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