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[webrtc-pc] Order of RTCRtpSendParameters.encodings is not described

From: Harald Alvestrand via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2018 07:27:48 +0000
To: public-webrtc@w3.org
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alvestrand has just created a new issue for https://github.com/w3c/webrtc-pc:

== Order of RTCRtpSendParameters.encodings is not described ==
In the RTCRTPSendParameters.encodings, the description is:

"A sequence containing parameters for RTP encodings of media"

In "getParameters", it says "encodings is populated based on the RIDs present in the current remote description."

Example 15 says:

pc.addTransceiver(stream.getVideoTracks()[0], {
      direction: 'sendonly',
      sendEncodings: [
        {rid: 'f'},
        {rid: 'h', scaleResolutionDownBy: 2.0},
        {rid: 'q', scaleResolutionDownBy: 4.0}

This seems to indicate that the spec-writers were thinking in terms of "highest resolution first, lowest resolution last". But this is never written down as a rule anywhere. Neither is the idea that order stays consistent between calls.

The issue came up because one lower level implementation had a built-in assumption that lowest resolution would go first and highest resolution would go last - the opposite of this example.

Possible resoutions:
a - Declare that order is not fixed; the implementation can reorder encodings whenever it wants
b - Declare that order is fixed, but resolutions can occur in any order
c - Declare that order is fixed, and that scaleResolutionDownBy has to be greater or equal to previous encoding (ascending scaleResolutionDownBy) (or the other way round)

a would seem to be the alternative that requires minimal changes to implementations.
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Please view or discuss this issue at https://github.com/w3c/webrtc-pc/issues/1896 using your GitHub account
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