[whatwg] Fullscreen for HTML5 Video element

Sir Gallantmon (ニール・ゴンパ) ngompa13 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 8 04:55:41 PST 2010

On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 6:48 AM, Tim Hutt <tdhutt at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2010/3/8 Ashley Sheridan <ash at ashleysheridan.co.uk>
> > Also, I've never seen anything built in Flash that started up in
> full-screen mode automatically. I had to trigger it explicitly every time by
> an action from me.
> That was his point - despite the fact that it *can* be done in flash,
> it isn't. Hence the argument in the spec is invalid.
> I don't really see what's wrong with having an API for fullscreen. If
> they want, user agents could have a preference to disable the
> full-screen API if people ever start doing annoying things.
> As for the security issue, the 'Press Escape to exit fullscreen mode'
> banner works for flash.

And if you're really paranoid, an option could be available in the browser
to disable having videos start up in fullscreen mode automatically, even if
there is an API to do it. Flash certainly doesn't offer that. By not
offering a standard way to handle full screen videos, it gives a reason to
NOT use HTML 5 video over Flash or Silverlight. That's not what we want.
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