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[Bug 13383] Feature request: pause media when hidden

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Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 13:53:07 +0000
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--- Comment #2 from Sam Dutton <samdutton@gmail.com> 2011-07-27 13:53:06 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #1)
> Hmm, is it likely that the page author knows whether or not to pause a video
> when it's in a background tab? For things like background music for a game I
> guess it would, but what about things like YouTube? Some people play music in
> the background on YouTube, while would probably not.
> 
> An alternative (or complementary) approach would be to encourage user agents to
> provide tab-wide mute/unmute and pause/unpause functionality. If that were
> available, would you still require the pauseifhidden attribute?

I think you're right about background music -- and also for radio, podcasts,
etc. 

However, I think there is still a need for pausing video on hidden pages.

I can imagine a video player with a Pause If Hidden control, on by default --
though I also have doubts that many users would understand or use this.

User agent mute/unmute/pause/unpause functionality sounds useful, but it
doesn't solve the problem of opening multiple video links (in hidden
tabs/windows) or when navigating between tabs/windows, each with playing media.

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