[whatwg] forwarded: Google opens VP8 video codec
philipj at opera.com
Thu May 20 03:03:40 PDT 2010
On Thu, 20 May 2010 17:55:42 +0800, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2010/5/20 Peter Beverloo <peter at lvp-media.com>:
>> Microsoft has announced playback support for VP8 in Internet Explorer
>> under the condition that one has to install a VP8 codec manually,
>> albeit via
>> inclusion in another program: "In its HTML5 support, IE9 will support
>> playback of H.264 video as well as VP8 video when the user has
>> installed a
>> VP8 codec on Windows."
>> I think that's fairly significant.
> I don't. They're trying to make "if you install it yourself, it'll
> work" look like they're actually doing anything at all. But they're
> not, because the same applies already to Vorbis and Theora. If
> anything, they're just offering not to deliberately stop it from
That is unfair. While I don't know precisely what the IE team is doing,
hooking up things like canPlayType to give the correct reply depending on
what is installed doesn't happen automatically.
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