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Re: New approach to HTML Media Capture

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 23:14:16 +0000 (UTC)
To: Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3c@gmail.com>
cc: Dominique Hazael-Massieux <dom@w3.org>, public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1104212311220.25791@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Thu, 21 Apr 2011, Aryeh Gregor wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 6:11 PM, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> wrote:
> > For both of these use cases, getUserMedia() seems like a much better
> > solution than <input type=file>. The former can work in real-time, the
> > latter cannot.
> I agree that I don't see any strong use-cases for a declarative
> mechanism for allowing upload specifically from cameras or
> microphones, if a scripted mechanism is available.  (Does
> getUserMedia() allow taking photos?  It looks like it's only for audio
> and video right now.)
> > That's a UI issue. There's no reason <input type="file" accept="image/*">
> > shouldn't make the camera a prominent or even default part of the UI.
> Different uses of <input type="file" accept="image/*"> will have
> different probabilities that the user will want to use their camera.
> For Google Goggles, the user is practically certain to want to use
> their camera to take the image.

For something like Google Goggles, you want video, not a photograph.

> For a software distribution website that asks the user to upload a 
> screenshot of the software, the user is certain to *not* want to use 
> their camera, because the site doesn't want a photograph at all.  The 
> author needs to be able to provide the correct UI to users, using their 
> knowledge of what sort of file they actually want.

I don't see a problem with making both available, even in this case.

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