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Re: Public feedback on HTML5 video

From: Edward O'Connor <hober0@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2009 15:54:18 -0800
Message-ID: <3b31caf90912291554i213754c2qe08e8febb17ece67@mail.gmail.com>
To: Philip Jägenstedt <philipj@opera.com>
Cc: Jeremy Keith <jeremy@adactio.com>, HTMLwg <public-html@w3.org>
I had written:

>> 1. Do whatever the browser thinks best. [no autobuffer attribute]
>> 2. Please autobuffer. [autobuffer="on"]
>> 3. Please *don't* autobuffer. [autobuffer="off"]

Philip replied:

> I do not support making this distinction, because as an implementor I cannot
> act any differently in case 1 and 3. Any browser that has gone to the effort
> of being conservative with network resources will want that behavior even if
> autobuffer="off" is given. Unless there is some browser vendor who can see
> themselves acting differently in case 1 and 3, this just adds a bit of
> complexity and the illusion of control on part of the author where there is
> in fact none.

Ahh, OK. That makes sense. So we collapse 1 and 3 together and arrive at:

1. Do whatever the browser thinks best, which is likely to be
   conservative insofar as network usage is concerned [no autobuffer attr]

2. Please autobuffer. [autobuffer attribute present]

…which is the status quo. Sounds good to me.


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Received on Tuesday, 29 December 2009 23:55:10 UTC

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