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Re: Firing media events early for throttled downloads

From: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 18:56:21 +1000
Message-ID: <2c0e02830906080156t3651ab53r1304d769b997f287@mail.gmail.com>
To: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Cc: robert@ocallahan.org, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>, John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>, public-html <public-html@w3.org>
On Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 2:05 PM, David Singer<singer@apple.com> wrote:
> At 10:44  +1200 8/06/09, Robert O'Callahan wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 7, 2009 at 10:41 AM, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu> wrote:
> I think the right message is "in-page media should not autoplay,
> I don't think that's the right message.
> nor me.  I think the right message is that UAs should have a preference, or
> some way for the user to indicate, what and whether they want auto-played
> media to auot-play.  "Never', "only visible media" (no auto sound effects),
> "Only if I cam from the same site" (I probably clicked on a link requesting
> media),....whatever settings they like.
> scripts can be disabled.  so should auto-play be dis-ablable (ugly word!)

I recently came across a browser (I think it was "stainless" for Mac)
that let me open multiple YouTube video pages (e.g. after a search) in
several tabs without having them autoplay immediately. Only when I
clicked on the tab did the autoplay start. That was really impressive
and a much better experience than having them autoplay and having to
go through each tab to put the videos on pause. Still: I think with
the number of video pages that I always have open in tabs, I would
much prefer having a setting in a browser that I do not want anything
to autoplay. So far, only the Firefox extension for YouTube is
achieving this for me and it really helpful at that.

I would therefore also encourage browser vendors to have a setting
that lets you manipulate autoplay settings from authors to:
* always
* never
* when visible
* never, except for on specific whitelisted sites
* always, but not on specific blacklisted sites
* only if I referred from same site

I think these options as discussed so far make a lot of sense.

However, I am not sure if such a list should go into the standard or
be more of a recommendation to browser vendors...

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