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[whatwg] <video> element feedback

From: Elliotte Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 16:28:38 -0400
Message-ID: <4606DB76.3020302@metalab.unc.edu>
Chris Adams wrote:

> there can always be browser defaults that take over, but by allowing 
> authors the ability to override the browsers controls
> will allow for the flexibility of
> a) allowing for disabled controls (perhaps disabling fast-forward for 
> training videos)

Seems to me the user shoudl be in control here, not the author. If they 
want to fast forward, the browser lets them. I have no interest in 
enabling or even suggesting the use of the silly DVD type controls where 
you can't fast forward through the ads or the FBI notice.

> b)  scripted controls (automatically pausing at various points )

Maybe, but is it really the control we want to script or the video itself?

> c) it allows for cross-browser standardization.

This is *not* a good thing. Browsers will and should be wildly 
different, What works for IE will not work for a cell phone or a screen 
reader. The point is to tell the client that there is a video, here';s 
where to get it, and let the browser choose how best to display that and 
present the controls that make sense in its environment.

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