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Re: Public feedback on HTML5 video

From: Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 16:59:28 +0100
To: "Gavin Carothers" <gavin@carothers.name>, HTMLwg <public-html@w3.org>
Cc: comments@daringfireball.net
Message-ID: <op.u5cj1ee6idj3kv@simon-pieterss-macbook.local>
On Tue, 22 Dec 2009 16:47:57 +0100, Gavin Carothers <gavin@carothers.name>  

> John Gruber of Daring Fireball on the autobuffer attribute for the
> video element:
> http://daringfireball.net/2009/12/html5_video_unusable
> Summary:
> "This attribute may be ignored altogether" should be removed from the  
> spec.

I disagree.

> Summarized Rationale:
> Avoid downloading video on pay per megabyte connections, and avoid
> extra bandwidth from the publisher on video that won't be played.

It seems reasonable to ignore the attribute *especially* on pay-per-byte  
connections. If I'm on a pay-per-byte connection, I never want to  
autobuffer video, even if the attribute is present.

On the flip side, when using a file: URL, it seems reasonable to ignore  
the attribute and always autobuffer, since that leads to better user  
experience and doesn't use any bandwidth.

> The whole article is worth reading, and seems like a very reasonable
> argument based on real world usage of the video element.

Simon Pieters
Opera Software
Received on Tuesday, 22 December 2009 16:00:32 UTC

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