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Re: [DASH] [MSE] Summary of "Resolving Bug 24370" thread and proposed next steps

From: Mark Watson <watsonm@netflix.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:44:05 +0100
Message-ID: <CAEnTvdDzVB7-a5Z746SU8X3Dpfc9QSQdPHwpUCJtAA2TYpnuZg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Cyril Concolato <cyril.concolato@telecom-paristech.fr>
Cc: "public-html-media@w3.org" <public-html-media@w3.org>, "dash@lists.uni-klu.ac.at" <dash@lists.uni-klu.ac.at>
My comment on this at the meeting was that the track kinds need to be
available to the application before any media is downloaded so that the
application can decide what media to download. So, they will be in the

I've no objection to specifying a way to add them into the file, but not
all files will have this, so it remains useful to be able to specify these
programmatically. However, once specified for a track it does not need to
be possible to change the kind.


On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 5:56 PM, Cyril Concolato <
cyril.concolato@telecom-paristech.fr> wrote:

> Hi all,
> As a data point for this discussion, Bob Lund and I submitted a
> contribution to the MPEG meeting, held last week in Valencia, to highlight
> the problem in the mapping of DASH Role to HTML5 kind. The contribution is
> available here: http://biblio.telecom-paristech.fr/cgi-bin/download.
> cgi?id=14553
> The MPEG group agreed to define 3 new role values ("description", "sign"
> and "metadata") as part of the amendment 2 of DASH.
> Cyril
> Le 07/04/2014 09:05, Aaron Colwell a écrit :
>> In the interest of trying to move forward on the MSE bug 24370, I'm going
>> to try to provide a high level summary of the "Resolving Bug  24370" thread
>> and propose a way forward. Please forgive me if I accidentally misrepresent
>> something.
>> *Summary:*
>> 1. Changes in languages are allowed during the course of a presentation,
>> but there is some debate about how these should be represented in HTML5.
>> The majority opinion in the thread appears to prefer immutable language &
>> kind attributes and track objects being added & removed to reflect language
>> changes.
>> 2. Currently track kind can't be signalled in ISO-BMFF content. A new
>> box/atom needs to be defined <http://lists.w3.org/Archives/
>> Public/public-html-media/2014Apr/0018.html> to signal this information.
>> 3. No argument or example has been given that requires Javascript to
>> explicitly change the language or kind of a track. My interpretation of Jim
>> Ley's comment <http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html-media/
>> 2014Apr/0015.html> is that the application only wants to be notified of
>> changes in the media and does not need to be able to change the values on
>> the tracks.
>> 4. Bob Lund and David Singer appear to explicitly support removing the
>> mutable attribute definitions. I believe Silvia Pfeiffer implicitly
>> supports their removal based on the arguments she has made in the thread. I
>> also support removal of the mutable attribute definitions.
>> *Proposed Next Steps:*
>> 1. Remove the mutable attribute definitions for language and kind. I'm
>> unclear about the process around this sort of change since this is not an
>> "at risk" feature. I'd hate to have to go through a long Last Call process
>> again for this.
>> 2. Work with David Singer and other MPEG savy folks to define a new
>> box/atom for ISO-BMFF to carry track kind information. This definition
>> could initially live in the ISO-BMFF byte stream format spec <
>> https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/html-media/raw-file/default/media-
>> source/isobmff-byte-stream-format.html> while it is waiting to be
>> officially standardized by MPEG.
>> 3. Sylvia and/or Hixie update the HTML specs to reflect the expected
>> behavior for language & kind changes. I don't have concrete proposals for
>> this at the moment, but it seems like there has been confusion around the
>> intended behavior when track changes occur mid-playback and whether or not
>> the track attributes can change value during playback.
>> *Please indicate your support or opposition to the summary and proposed
>> next steps.*
>> Thank you,
>> Aaron
> --
> Cyril Concolato
> Multimedia Group / Telecom ParisTech
> http://concolato.wp.mines-telecom.fr/
> @cconcolato
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