[whatwg] Why won't you let us make our own HTML5 browsers?

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Aug 28 14:41:02 PDT 2012

On Fri, 8 Jun 2012, Mark Callow wrote:
> On 08/06/2012 06:09, Ian Hickson wrote:
> > The dire warning doesn't work. I'm just saying that's the direction 
> > that operating system vendors have been going in; that disallowing it 
> > in the browser case is not a different direction, it's consistent with 
> > the industry's direction as a whole.
> The platform providers want control so they can extract money from 
> application developers; they do it under the guise of safety & security 
> so people will go along with it. Governments get control over people in 
> the same way.
> In both cases it is an existential threat to freedom and civil 
> liberties.

If one works from these assumptions, why would we assume that it is 
nonetheless possible for us to specify something that works against these 
motivations? Putting something in the spec doesn't magically make it 
appear in browsers.

On Fri, 27 Jul 2012, Nils Dagsson Moskopp wrote:
> (Btw, Hixie stated the following to be a possibility: „Google ships 
> support for the codec for long enough without getting sued that Apple's 
> concern regarding submarine patents is reduced.“. Any update on that?)

None so far that I'm aware of.

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