[whatwg] Html 5 video element's poster attribute

Silvia Pfeiffer silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 21 20:29:19 PDT 2010

On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 12:52 PM, Shiv Kumar <skumar at exposureroom.com>wrote:

>  >I've also stated that I believe that the poster should indeed be
> displayed when the video element is just loaded and not on autoplay. And I
> have agreed that >there should be a possibility to have that state return
> after the video has played through
> Yes, you have and so we’re (thankfully) on the same page and so are some
> others. Whew!
> Just to clarify, I’m not saying that there is a dire need to show the
> poster anytime during plaback. But it is a use case that is currently in use
> by a well known website and there may be others as well. I (ExposureRoom,
> really) have a need to show the poster at the end of the video and we allow
> content producers to control that, meaning they can choose not to).
> You and I and a couple of other don’t see eye to eye on how this “fix”
> needs to be brought to fore. I’m specitcal about the load() method and
> stated why in previous posts.
> What if someone does not want to show the poster at the end. YouTube and
> Vimeo are examples of that user case. How do you propose they have the
> option to not show the poster?

That's how it works by default. What I suggested was to use a call to the
load() method after it has played through to reset to the beginning state if
you really need that. Thus, it covers both use cases.

>  So in order to provide this flexibility and make the video element useable
> insofar as the features it does provide, I still feel providing a method to
> turn it on/off satisfies the current use cases, including those we may not
> agree with. Yes, using the removeAttribute is a hack when the needs have
> been clearly demonstrated (I believe).

It's how you remove the poster. It's a single function call and thus not a

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