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Re: [rtcweb] On babies and bathwater (was Re: Summary of Application Developers' opinions of the current WebRTC API and SDP as a control surface)

From: Peter Thatcher <pthatcher@google.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:23:59 -0700
Message-ID: <CAJrXDUGPHvFs0N4USvcYgjjC82QEX-+2Ty2v3EeXrsZAm3AF2A@mail.gmail.com>
To: Adam Roach <adam@nostrum.com>
Cc: Martin Thomson <martin.thomson@gmail.com>, "<rtcweb@ietf.org>" <rtcweb@ietf.org>, "public-webrtc@w3.org" <public-webrtc@w3.org>
On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM, Adam Roach <adam@nostrum.com> wrote:

> On 7/19/13 11:54, Martin Thomson wrote:
>> As it turns out, "does not need to be solved" doesn't go to 100%.
>> Some problems are deferred to applications.  Intentionally.  Because
>> a) they are better at that than we are, clearly, and b) they don't
>> necessarily want our crappy solutions.
>> How long have we talked about BUNDLE?  How long do you think that it
>> would take someone with a functioning RTP library to build something
>> that multiplexes and demultiplexes RTP streams?
> Are you proposing that Firefox come up with its own multiplexing mechanism
> for RTP; Chrome its own; Opera, yet a third; IE, a fourth; and Safari, a
> fifth?  And then we just kind of pray that five proprietary solutions
> developed in a vacuum miraculously work together? I mean, yeah, if we can
> rely on miracle interop for independently-developed proprietary solutions,
> I guess that works.
Again, you are conflating signalling and API surface.  We could define a
simple API that leaves the control up the application, and different
applications can signal different multiplexing techniques in different

> Or are you envisioning a WebRTC API that requires javascript applications
> to supply their own RTP stacks?

SDP != RTP.   It is possible to have an RTP stack without an SDP stack.
 You realize this, right?

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