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Re: Codecs for <video> and <audio>

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 07:57:18 +0000 (UTC)
To: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0907030753320.1053@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Fri, 3 Jul 2009, Doug Schepers wrote:
> Sure, there's a difference... but not an effective one when it comes to 
> authoring.  You've gone to great lengths to redefine things like URLs 
> and HTTP in order to make sure you documented precise browser behavior.

...and we received a lot of flak while those bits where in the spec, and 
they've now been removed.

> If you go to that level of precision for the value of <a @href>, it 
> seems pragmatic to go into similar detail for <img @src>.

We don't say what formats are support in <a href=""> either.

> > If people think that HTML5 should list a set of technologies that must 
> > be implemented by implementations of HTML5, I don't mind adding such a 
> > list. Coming up with the list seems like a can of worms. Would anyone 
> > like to take an action item to discuss with the relevant implementors 
> > of each relevant conformance class what the requirements should be, 
> > and report back to the group?
> That seems less efficient than the implementers simply stating as much 
> on this list themselves.  I'm happy to help in this, if I can, as W3C 
> Team.  I expect that Philippe Le Hegaret might have more information, 
> when he gets back from vacation in August.
> But to be honest, I'd much rather this were developed in the open, as 
> part of the normal operations of this working group.  That is what this 
> group is for, right?

Completely agreed; that's what I meant.

> I don't think we need to create a bottleneck by putting a single person 
> in the critical path, nor shilly–shally establishing a subcommittee to 
> discuss it. Let's simply hash it out here on this list.

"Let's simply hash it out here on this list" translates to "a whole bunch 
of people say slightly contradictory things, and then someone merges that 
feedback into a coherent list that is put in the spec". All I'm saying is 
that, unlike with most things, I'm not volunteering to be that person.

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