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Re: [whatwg] Video proposals

From: Robert Brodrecht <w3c@robertdot.org>
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2007 00:25:16 -0700
Message-Id: <74D28162-09B7-4B3E-B79C-70B41C2A047E@robertdot.org>
Cc: public-html@w3.org, WHAT Working Group Mailing List <whatwg@whatwg.org>
To: Laurens Holst <lholst@students.cs.uu.nl>

On Mar 15, 2007, at 11:40 PM, Laurens Holst wrote:

> Correct me if Iím wrong, but I donít think there is a single reason  
> why the browser couldnít play back content embedded with an  
> <object> tag, like itís supposed to. Whatís more, that would allow  
> it to work with existing web content, too. Plus itís backwards  
> compatible.

I'm quite certain that the video element was meant to fight things  
like Flash because it would offer cross-platform video easily through  
an open codec.  Currently, Flash is the closest thing we have to  
cross-platform video.  Flash is a closed, proprietary, expensive  
technology.  Theora is an open, free technology.  The video element  
is an ideological addition that would allow fallback.  It could  
easily fall back to an object element during the transition into  
browser support, which would be backward compatible with HMTL 4.

Video on the web is difficult.  In this day, it shouldn't be.

Robert <http://robertdot.org>
Received on Friday, 16 March 2007 07:25:30 GMT

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