[whatwg] <video> application/octet-stream

Julian Reschke julian.reschke at gmx.de
Mon Jul 19 06:07:14 PDT 2010

On 19.07.2010 14:56, Robert O'Callahan wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 11:20 PM, Philip Jägenstedt <philipj at opera.com
> <mailto: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.
> ...

What would be the motivation for supporting this (ignoring the spec for 
a moment)?

Best regards, Julian

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