Re: Activation Behavior of video and audio

On Sun, 02 Aug 2009 12:19:02 +0200, Ian Hickson <> wrote:

> On Thu, 23 Jul 2009, Doug Schepers wrote:
>> In looking into "activation behavior" for the DOM3 Events spec, I was
>> reviewing the HTML5 spec.  Currently, the <audio> and <video> elements
>> do not have defined activation behavior.
>> I suggest that they should, and propose that the activation behavior for
>> <audio> and <video> is to play if the media is currently stopped or
>> paused, and to pause if the media is currently playing.
> There is in fact a comment in the source of the document that says:
>   <!-- XXX (awaiting more impl experience)
>    default activation behavior is to do the play() if paused, pause()
>    otherwise
>   -->
> The implementation experience that I am awaiting is basically, does the
> above make sense? It would mean that the author could bind an access key
> to the play/pause behaviour, but is that really useful, when the author
> can just script the whole control if desired? It would mean that if the
> author called .click() on the element, it would play/pause the element,  
> as
> well as firing an event. It would also mean that while every other  
> control
> could be controlled by the user agent (when controls="" is set) and the
> author (via script), clicking anywhere on the video, whether the element
> had a controls="" attribute or not, would always play/pause the video.

The YouTube HTML5 demo has linked <video>s. I think this is a clear  
indicator that it should be possible to put <video> in a link.

Simon Pieters
Opera Software

Received on Sunday, 2 August 2009 10:49:48 UTC