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

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2007 10:57:18 +1200
Message-ID: <11e306600706261557j10d6c280sb47f4a06a3e6dbb7@mail.gmail.com>
On 6/27/07, Jerason Banes <jbanes at gmail.com> wrote:
> The question that I hate to ask (because it goes against my own grain to
> ask it) is, which is more useful to the web market: Asking Windows users to
> install Ogg/Theora codecs

Actually, we just ask them to install Firefox :-)

or asking Linux users to install H.263 codecs?

If they can't do it legally, that is a tough thing to ask for.

The bottom line is what Maik said in another message: Theora is the only
option right now for implementation by free software, so that's what Mozilla
will push as the best format for an open Internet.

I hope we will also support codecs installed on the user's OS, thereby
getting pretty wide (but not universal) support for MPEG4 etc, but we don't
have the resources to implement that for Firefox 3.

This discussion is not really adding anything new...

"Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred
denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back,
so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?"
Simon replied, "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled." "You
have judged correctly," Jesus said. [Luke 7:41-43]
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