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Re: Expressing complex regions with media fragments - use cases + possible solution

From: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2010 09:41:37 +1000
Message-ID: <AANLkTi=TXX+wG1jSnvQuJQo9Vttuw37xpqWWMg3HRaFi@mail.gmail.com>
To: Jack Jansen <Jack.Jansen@cwi.nl>
Cc: Bernhard Haslhofer <bernhard.haslhofer@univie.ac.at>, public-media-fragment@w3.org, Robert Sanderson <azaroth42@gmail.com>, Simon Rainer <Rainer.Simon@ait.ac.at>
On Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 8:12 AM, Jack Jansen <Jack.Jansen@cwi.nl> wrote:

> On 8 sep 2010, at 14:31, Silvia Pfeiffer wrote:
> > On Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 7:00 PM, Jack Jansen <Jack.Jansen@cwi.nl> wrote:
> >
> > On 8 sep 2010, at 02:51, Silvia Pfeiffer wrote:
> > > I have, however, a pretty big caveat with standardising this approach:
> right now we are discussing with the browser vendors on how to present
> spatial media fragment URIs. There is a preference to use them for splicing
> pictures, i.e. for rendering only the referenced image or video region.
> > >
> > > I do not believe that matches your intentions here. IIUC your
> intentions here are to only have a means to provide annotations to regions.
> I think this is more of a "image map" type approach than an "image splicing"
> approach - correct me if I'm wrong.
> >
> > We've got to be careful here: browser vendors tend to think that the
> whole world revolves around the browser:-) A media fragment is basically
> nothing more than a specification of a portion of a video (audio, image)
> resource, and even though we give guidelines on how to present such a
> fragment in the browser that doesn't mean it's the only application of media
> fragments. I would assume that the Media Annotation folks couldn't care less
> about presentation: they just want to be able to point at something inside
> the video.
> >
> >
> > Except: everyone wants to see their results in the browser. So, if the
> browser vendors agree to present a spatial media fragment URI as an image
> slice, then you can do as many annotations as you want with such a URI, it
> will never be presented as an image with highlights by the Web browser. So,
> as long as we are talking about a presentation in a Web browser, we are
> actually talking about the same application doing the same thing with the
> same URI.
> I'm 100% in agreement with Bernhard here: our main task is in defining how
> to address subparts of media items, very similar to how #xmlid addresses
> subparts of an XML document. For practical reasons, we also define
> guidelines on how we think some classes of applications should render some
> of our MF-based addresses, but that is much less important. Moreover, we can
> provide no more than guidelines.
> There's also a problem with your (Silvia) reasoning that reasoning about
> "the browser" is similar to reasoning about "the operating system": the
> browser is simply a platform on which an application runs. Clearly, if
> someone types an MF-url into the location bar, something consistent should
> happen. But more often than not the MF-url will be used in the context of an
> application (either client-side or server-side), and this application will
> know best what to do. An annotation-viewing app will most probably want to
> show the whole original resource with some form of highlighting on the
> portion selected by the MF.
> As an aside: this means I also disagree with Ian's WHATWG mail <
> http://lists.whatwg.org/htdig.cgi/whatwg-whatwg.org/2010-August/028163.html>:
> we define addressing, but the semantics of using those addresses should be
> formally explained in the specification referencing our work. In case of
> HTML it would be best if it provided a default rendering semantic (such as
> "crop to the specified area") with a CSS-based or attribute-based method to
> override this ("draw the whole resource, and make the area selected by the
> MF available to scripts through the DOM").
How about we define or at least propose the semantics for use in the HTML
<video> and <audio> elements and the HTML address bar. Then we can leave it
to the other use cases to do what they want with the URIs?

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