[whatwg] media resources: addressing media fragments through URIs spec

Jonas Sicking jonas at sicking.cc
Thu Jul 1 14:56:38 PDT 2010

That would be great. I guess it's unclear to me how the UIs would differ for


In particular it seems strange to me that video.ogv#t=40 represents
the whole range from the selected point to the end of the video, given
that most commonly when wanting to point out a particular point in a
video you actually just want to represent a point.

/ Jonas

On Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 2:46 AM, Silvia Pfeiffer
<silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> BTW: I will try and make a screencast of that firefox plugin, which
> should clarify things further. Stay tuned...
> Cheers,
> Silvia.
> On Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 7:44 PM, Silvia Pfeiffer
> <silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Jonas,
>> On Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 4:41 AM, Jonas Sicking <jonas at sicking.cc> wrote:
>>> Hi Silvia,
>>> Back in may last year I brought [1] up the fact that there are two use
>>> cases for temporal media fragments:
>>> 1. Skipping to a particular point in a longer resource, such as
>>> wanting to start a video at a particular point while still allowing
>>> seeking in the entire resource. This is currently supported by for
>>> example YouTube [2]. It is also the model used for web pages where
>>> including a fragment identifier only scrolls to a particular point,
>>> while allowing the user to scroll to any point both before and after
>>> the identified fragment.
>>> 2. Only displaying part of a video. For example out of a longer video
>>> from a discussion panel, only displaying the part where a specific
>>> topic is discussed.
>>> While there seemed to be agreement [3][4] that these are in fact two
>>> separate use cases, it seems like the media fragments draft is only
>>> attempting to address one. Additionally, it only addresses the one
>>> that has the least precedence as far as current technologies on the
>>> web goes.
>>> Was this an intentional omission? Is it planned to solve use case 1
>>> above in a future revision?
>>> [1] http://lists.whatwg.org/htdig.cgi/whatwg-whatwg.org/2009-May/019596.html
>>> [2] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyQrKvc7_NU#t=201
>>> [3] http://lists.whatwg.org/htdig.cgi/whatwg-whatwg.org/2009-May/019718.html
>>> [4] http://lists.whatwg.org/htdig.cgi/whatwg-whatwg.org/2009-May/019721.html
>> I think you may have misunderstood the specification. Use case 1 is
>> indeed the main use case being addressed in the specification. There
>> is a Firefox plugin implementation[1] of the specification that shows
>> exactly use case 1 in a video element - a URI with a fragment such as
>> video.ogv#t=40,50 is being included in a <video> element and the
>> effect is that the video is displayed from 40s to 50s, but the
>> transport bar (or controls) are still those of the complete resource,
>> so you can still seek to any position.
>> To be sure, this is just a recommendation of how it is supposed to be
>> implemented (see
>> http://www.w3.org/TR/media-frags/#media-fragment-display). The group
>> only defined what URIs look like that point to such a segment - it
>> cannot prescribe what an application (such as a HTML document) does
>> with the URI. I would propose that this discussion should be had about
>> HTML5 and a sentence be added to the HTML5 spec on how UAs are
>> expected to deal with such segments.
>> Further, if you are indeed only interested in a subpart of the
>> original media resource and want to completely blend out all context
>> (i.e. all other bits of the media resource), you should be using the
>> URI query addressing method instead of the URI fragment, e.g.
>> video.ogv?t=40,50. This URI is supposed to create a new resource that
>> consist only of the segment - it will only do so, of course, if your
>> server supports this functionality.
>> All of this is described in more detail in the spec [2]. If that is
>> unclear or anything is confusing, please do point it out so it can be
>> fixed.
>> Best Regards,
>> Silvia.
>> [1] http://www.w3.org/2008/WebVideo/Fragments/code/plugin/ (expect some bugs)
>> [2] http://www.w3.org/TR/media-frags/

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