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[whatwg] Ogg content on the Web

From: Smylers <Smylers@stripey.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2007 20:03:08 +0000
Message-ID: <20071212200308.GE6629@stripey.com>
David Gerard writes:

> In any case, the point remains: Theora is the only practical option
> for video on Wikimedia sites at present, so that's one top-10 source
> of video that will greatly be enabled for the end user by HTML5 having
> a video tag with Ogg Theora as the default (even as a SHOULD).

Not quite.  That's one top-10 source of video that will greatly be
enabled by browsers supporting Theora.

Your claim (that it would benefit from the spec saying browsers SHOULD
support Theora) is only true if there are browsers which would only
support Theora because of the spec saying that.

Some browser creators have made it clear they woudln't support Theora,
even with a SHOULD.  Other browsers will Theora anyway, because they
want to, regardless of whether the spec even mentions it -- and the more
that Wikipedia uses it, the more that browsers are going to want to
support it simply in order to be Wikipedia-compatible (regardless of
whether the spec says browsers should be Wikipedia-compatible).

Smylers
Received on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 12:03:08 UTC

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