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[Bug 13276] Not allowing author or developer to have absolute control over media playback

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Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 21:19:00 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=13276

Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com> changed:

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--- Comment #1 from Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com> 2011-07-15 21:18:59 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #0)
> This may seem like an acceptable alternative, but it requires extra machine
> resources, and playback may not be as smooth, depending on machine resources.
> It's an ugly kludge but it is the only way for an author or editor to have
> complete control over the playback of the video. 

It seems acceptable *because* it's not as good.  When we can't prevent authors
from doing user-hostile things, making the user-hostile thing worse than the
user-friendly thing is an acceptable fallback.  In this case we don't even have
to do anything proactive - the clunkiness just happens for free.

In addition to being hostile to users in general, this seems to be *extra* bad
for users with disabilities, who may need access to the video's playback to
view the content effectively.

(The only case I can imagine where this isn't actively user-hostile is using a
<video> to do some type of animation in a game.  It seems perfectly normal to
draw it into the <canvas> then, so the "workaround" is actually just the
standard procedure.)

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