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[whatwg] The issue of interoperability of the <video> element

From: Gervase Markham <gerv@mozilla.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 10:10:47 +0100
Message-ID: <467F8697.80400@mozilla.org>
Dave Singer wrote:
> What is more, no-one with 
> deep pockets has yet used the Ogg codecs seriously, and therefore there 
> is no "honey pot" to attract the submarines (hm, do submarines like 
> honey?).  This is not the case with H.264 and AAC, as we have made, um,  
> some money using them, among others.

If you had been making this argument before November last year, would 
you have included MP3 in that list of "technologies people had been 
making money from but which had attracted no submarines"?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcatel-Lucent_v._Microsoft shows that this 
sort of argument about "deep pockets" and "so far" shouldn't give Apple 
much confidence. MP3 was used by a lot of people with deep pockets for 
quite a while before the submarine surfaced.

Gerv
Received on Monday, 25 June 2007 02:10:47 UTC

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