[whatwg] <video> application/octet-stream

Mike Shaver mike.shaver at gmail.com
Wed Jul 21 06:47:43 PDT 2010

On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 9:43 AM, Nils Dagsson Moskopp
<nils-dagsson-moskopp at dieweltistgarnichtso.net> wrote:
> Mike Shaver <mike.shaver at gmail.com> schrieb am Wed, 21 Jul 2010
> 09:15:18 -0400:
>> and furthermore that the appropriate MIME type
>> for ogg-with-VP8 vs ogg-with-theora isn't clear (or possibly even
>> extant).
> According to RFC4281 <http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc4281.txt>,there
> is an optional "codecs" parameter for container file formats.

Does that work in practice?  How can one configure, f.e., Apache to
send the right type for foo.ogv ?

Dave Singer is on this list, and is one of the authors of that RFC, so
perhaps he can tell us: has the codecs parameter from RFC4281 worked
in practice for Apple?  Could you describe where it's used, and how
it's typically configured?

>> It seems like reliance on MIME type will result in more of
>> the guessing-and-stupid-switches than sniffing.
> Because they still might be wrong?

>From what I can see of how they are used on the web today, MIME types
are less precise than the determination made by sniffing within the
container, yes.


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