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Re: Metadata in the VTT file header (bug 15851), use cases (and a need to close this)

From: Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2012 09:40:44 +0200
To: public-texttracks <public-texttracks@w3.org>, "David Singer" <singer@apple.com>
Message-ID: <op.wk8fl6h8idj3kv@device-23f190>
On Tue, 25 Sep 2012 23:54:48 +0200, David Singer <singer@apple.com> wrote:

> On Sep 24, 2012, at 7:28 , Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>  
> wrote:
>> In any case: I'm going to use file-wide metadata for the CEA-608/708
>> conversion document [1]. I'm going to follow what was last discussed
>> with Simon, except I don't really know when to end the multi-line
>> value, so I chose a random "##" as the character sequence to end it
>> (happy for any better suggestions). I preferred this as more obvious
>> than a single ".".
> roughly why I suggested [[ to open and ]] to close (it's more visually  
> noticeable, and is like CDATA) :-).  Not a ditch worth dying in, as long  
> as we choose a line that is unlikely in what we want to embed (notably  
> CSS).
>> I'm fully aware that the WebVTT spec itself needs not to say anything
>> about this - it will not break browsers in any case. It would,
>> however, be better if we could change the spec to regard the
>> multi-line values that may have empty lines in them not as broken
>> cues, but as part of the header. We could define - as Simon said -
>> anything between the "WEBVTT" magic string and the first successfully
>> parsed cue as "header".
> ...or we could ban blank lines in the header (none of our use-cases  
> require them, after all), or escape them (or a combination).

If the use cases don't require blank lines, we can use a blank line to end  
a multi-line header.

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Simon Pieters
Opera Software
Received on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 07:41:18 UTC

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