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Re: Codecs for <video> and <audio>

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2009 23:30:36 +0000 (UTC)
To: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0907062324550.1053@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Tue, 7 Jul 2009, Silvia Pfeiffer wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 8:56 AM, Ian Hickson<ian@hixie.ch> wrote:
> > On Mon, 6 Jul 2009, Jonas Sicking wrote:
> >>
> >> So the only way to move forward that I can see is to ensure Theoras 
> >> popularity. Having HTML 5 endorse theora would be a big step in that 
> >> direction (the last point is as I understand it the one you don't 
> >> agree with?).
> >
> > I don't think the spec will have any effect on Theora's popularity. In 
> > fact, Theora is probably already more popular than anything else in 
> > the spec, if we go by volume of e-mail sent per topic. Nothing else in 
> > the spec has resulted in this much media attention.
> In your eyes, what would be the downside of writing Theora into the 
> spec? It seems to me that many people see an advantage in doing so. I 
> haven't heard of any disadvantages yet.

The downside is that it would not match reality.

I think it would be harmful to spec something that is actively different 
than what a browser vendor will implement. This is why HTML5 started -- 
because the W3C wrote specs that were idealistic and did not match the 
actual deployed landscape.

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