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[Bug 27116] New: <track> element is used for more than just "explicit external timed text tracks"

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Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:44:20 +0000
To: public-html-admin@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-27116-2495@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=27116

            Bug ID: 27116
           Summary: <track> element is used for more than just "explicit
                    external timed text tracks"
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: PC
                OS: other
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec
          Assignee: dave.null@w3.org
          Reporter: john@foliot.ca
        QA Contact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-admin@w3.org,
                    public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org

The current spec states: 
     "The track element allows authors to specify explicit external timed text
tracks for media elements."

Yet, immediately afterwards, when defining the the various @kind keywords
associated to the <track> element, one of those @kinds is Chapters (i.e. <track
kind="chapters" src="" label="Chapters"> - "Chapter titles, intended to be used
for navigating the media resource. Displayed as an interactive (potentially
nested) list in the user agent's interface.") - which is clearly not an
external timed text track - and while timing may in fact be present, the
rendering in the user-interface is not (as defined by the same spec) intended
to display/not display content based on time-stamps, but rather to render a
static view of specific time-markers, intended for use in navigation.

Recommendation is to revisit the definition of the <track> element, to broaden
its scope. Perhaps something like:
     "The track element allows authors to specify explicit external
supplemental resources for media elements."

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