[whatwg] <video> application/octet-stream

Robert O'Callahan robert at ocallahan.org
Mon Jul 19 05:56:09 PDT 2010

On Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 11:20 PM, Philip Jägenstedt <philipj at opera.com>wrote:

> http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/multipage/video.html#mime-types
> There was some discussion about this, last in <
> http://lists.whatwg.org/htdig.cgi/whatwg-whatwg.org/2010-May/026409.html>
> I've tested Firefox 3.6.4, Firefox 4.0b1 and Chrome 5.0.375.99 and none
> return "maybe" for canPlayType("application/octet-stream"). I couldn't get
> meaningful results from Safari on Windows (requires restart to detect
> QuickTime, perhaps?).

> It would appear that Opera is the only browser that supports
> application/octet-stream. At the time I added this, it was simply because it
> is true, maybe we can play it. However, I see no practical benefit of this
> spec-wise or implementation-wise. Since no other browsers have implemented
> it, I am going to remove it from Opera and hope that the spec will be
> changed to match this.

I actually think we should add support for application/octet-stream media
resources to Firefox, and if we're going to do that then I think we should
be consistent and return "maybe" for canPlayType too. So I don't think you
should remove this.

"Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for
they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures
every day to see if what Paul said was true." [Acts 17:11]
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