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Re: About video & audio elements

From: Maurice <maurice@thymeonline.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 11:30:50 -0400
Message-Id: <C8DE44C6-46AD-4FE5-ADE3-03C1C6F1A733@thymeonline.com>
To: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>, "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>

On Sep 1, at 11:04 AM, Lachlan Hunt wrote:

> we could possibly look into providing a DOM API or other solution  
> for language selection and allow page authors to provide custom UI  
> in the page for it.

I wasn't thinking of limiting it specifically to language selection.  
For example imagine watching a silly 1970's sci-fi movie,  
alternative..um... ..."media things associated with the video"....  
could be anything from the French translation audio, a directors  
commentary on the scene, actors commentary on the scene, Mystery  
Science Theatre 3000 jokes about the scene, English subtitles, English  
closed-captioning (which might be different from the fan-provided  
subtitles), French subtitles,

I think it would be easier to have a general purpose way of accessing  
whatever is associate with the <video> and determining whether it's  
another audio or video file or text or something. Allowing page  
authors to do something with them is great but I really think this is  
something Browser developers should work on providing in their <video>  
UI. Hopefully they'll realize the benefits of being able to brag about  
having the most hearing-impaired-friendly video implementation.

<video>
   <source>kongzilla.ogg</source>
   <source>kongzilla.flv</source>
   <source>kongzilla.wmv</source>

   <timedtext src="kzsubtitles_en.sub">English Subtitles By  
KongJrD@wgz98</timedtext>
   <timedtext src="Kong_Zilla_Closed_Caption_File.cc">English Closed  
Caption File from Kongzilla DVD</timedtext>
   <timedtext src="kzsubtitles_fr.sub">French Subtitles By BooCoo76</ 
timedtext>

   <alternateaudio>
     <audio src="kzfrenchDubTrack.mp3">French Dub </audio>
   </alternateaudio>

   <simultaneous_audio>
     <audio src="KZ_DirectorComments.mp3">Directors Commentary</audio>
     <audio src="KZ_BobJohnsonsComments.mp3">Star, Bob Johnson's  
Commentary</audio>
     <audio src="KZ_SFXComments.mp3">Commentary by the team behind the  
KongZilla make-up effects</audio>
     <audio src="KZ_MST3K.mp3">Mystery Science Theatre 3000: ripping  
the movie a new one</audio>
   </simultaneous_audio>
</video>

... again, this would all depend on the browser devs making such  
things accessible to the user in their video interface... I realize  
now this sounds a lot like features from a dvd...
Well, I can dream can't I?
Received on Monday, 1 September 2008 15:31:35 GMT

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