[whatwg] Video Tag Proposal

Kit Grose kit at iqmultimedia.com.au
Mon Mar 29 01:41:03 PDT 2010

On 29/03/2010, at 7:11 AM, Kelly Clowers wrote:

> On Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 10:49, Ashley Sheridan <ash at ashleysheridan.co.uk> wrote:
>> I was under the impression that Apple were one of the main opposers to using
>> free codecs in-place of their proprietary QuickTime.
> For Theora. They haven't really said much about Vorbis AFAIK. And I think an
> audio codec is less likely to have patent issues than a video codec (especially
> since Vorbis has a lot of high profile use that should have drawn out any patent
> trolls) , and that is what Apple supposedly is worried about.

Apple is at heart a hardware company. My understanding of their objections to OGG have been also largely due to a lack of hardware decoder support in their iPods/iPhones.

>> Also, when was the last time you ever knew Microsoft to go with standarised
>> formats when they can just as easily push one of their own?
> <shug> MS isn't quite who they used to be. They open-source things, and put
> things under the open specification promise, and they seem to be very serious
> about CSS3 and (X)HTML5 standards now. I think there is at least a chance of
> them supporting Vorbis.

IE 9 (though not the platform preview) will support H.264 video in the <video> element:

I would be inclined to suggest that MS will implement video playback via DirectShow (theoretically enabling any codec the user has installed), but that's pure speculation on my part.

—Kit Grose

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