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

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--- Comment #22 from Philip Jägenstedt <philipj@opera.com> 2011-07-18 15:31:33 UTC ---
> What you're saying is that the browser makers are indifferent to the needs of
> developers/authors? Well, there is some truth to this.  

Not indifferent, but we have very strong incentives to put the wishes of users
above the wishes of authors in cases where authors have the tools to do
annoying things. Audio playback is definitely such a case.

> The web developers can work around the intransigence of the browser makers if
> need be. However, it would be better if there were options that gave the
> developers the flexibility they need without having to use kludges. 

The best way to "work around" the problem is to just handle the few extra
events needed to make it work. Allowing pages to force audio/video playback
without the option for users to override it is not an option, as users are
asking us to add *more* such overrides, not remove them.

> But these actions are between the user and the user agent, and the developer
> and the user agent--these actions are not codified in the specification.

Neither is the context menu or UI to pause/mute all elements in a page.

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