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[whatwg] <video> element feedback

From: Martin Atkins <mart@degeneration.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2007 20:04:12 +0000
Message-ID: <46018FBC.3020106@degeneration.co.uk>
Sander Tekelenburg wrote:
> 
> Something else concerning first-class Netizenry: I'd like to see the spec to
> require UAs support implicit anchors, so that one can link to a specific
> startpoint: <URL:http://domain.example/movie.ogg#21:08>, to mean "fetch the
> movie and start playing it at 21 minutes 8 seconds into the movie". (Or
> better yet, if this can be achieved reliably, don't fetch the entire movie,
> but only from 21:08 on.)
> 

When using this with HTML we don't link to #line50, or #paragraph3, or 
#section9, we link to an anchor in the document itself. We do this to 
avoid tying the link to a specific representation of the resource, and 
to allow the document to change to a certain extent without breaking the 
links.

I don't know of a video container format that allows named anchors to be 
specified, though.

The interpretation of fragment identifiers on video is a bit out of 
scope for an HTML specification regardless of whether it's specified as 
time or a bookmark. If someone invents a video format that allows named 
anchors, they can write in their own specification how fragment 
identifiers are to be interpreted. It's none of HTML's business.
Received on Wednesday, 21 March 2007 13:04:12 UTC

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