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Re: W3C FAQ on DRM and HTML5 ?!

From: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2012 09:58:49 +0100
To: "HTML WG (public-html@w3.org)" <public-html@w3.org>, "Andreas Kuckartz" <A.Kuckartz@ping.de>
Cc: plh@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.waowkbjlwxe0ny@widsith.eng.oslo.osa>
On Sun, 04 Mar 2012 19:19:06 +0100, Andreas Kuckartz <A.Kuckartz@ping.de>  

> I just noticed that there is W3C FAQ page on HTML5 which contains an
> answer regarding DRM which is not consensus (as the discussion in the
> HTML WG in the recent weeks has demonstrated). See below.

I am not sure what is wrong with the statement. It is really a restatement  
of the general principles under which things can be included in HTML5. I  
suppose "enough stakeholders" could be taken to mean that some kind of  
popular vote will happen, when in fact it is technical analysis backed by  
people actually building systems that decides what goes in, but I think  
that is clarified by the second sentence, which talks specifically about  
that requirement.

> Accoding to the history of that page this QA was added on 16 November
> 2010 by user "Plehegar" (that seems to be Philippe Le Hégaret).

Yes. The question had been asked a number of times, I had explicitly  
requested an update to the content, and the wording may even be my fault  
(I don't recall and am not sure the history is worth researching).

> I strongly suggest that the W3C modifies that answer. While it is
> only(?) a Wiki page it looks somewhat official  ...

In what way should it be modified? (I'm not against a modification, I'm  
just not clear what is needed).



> Cheers,
> Andreas
> ---
> Question: Is dealing with DRM in scope for HTML5?
> [Answer:] If enough stakeholders want to standardise some aspect of
> handling DRM in HTML5 itself as part of the inclusion of video and audio
> media, then it makes sense for W3C to help standardise an approach which
> meets the needs of the market. However like all W3C work, relevant
> stakeholders need to be and show they are committed to developing it
> rather than expecting it to happen on its own.
> http://www.w3.org/html/wiki/FAQs#Is_dealing_with_DRM_in_scope_for_HTML5.3F

Charles 'chaals' McCathieNevile  Opera Software, Standards Group
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