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[whatwg] Codec mess with <video> and <audio> tags

From: Peter Kasting <pkasting@google.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Jun 2009 16:37:43 -0700
Message-ID: <d62cf1d10906071637l4810a8e7gf8232aba24af450c@mail.gmail.com>
On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 5:24 PM, King InuYasha <ngompa13 at gmail.com> wrote:

> The HTML 5 specification should definitely support a codec that fulfills
> the following legal criteria:
>

At the end of the day, the spec does not mandate vendor behavior; rather
vendor consensus informs the spec.  For various reasons that (as roc
mentioned) it is usually unhelpful to speculate on, there has been no vendor
consensus on codecs.  Perhaps that will change in the future as Google ships
a browser with Theora and H.264 enabled, or as Xiph improves the quality of
Theora, or as websites begin using some codec(s) broadly.  Or perhaps it
will not.  I doubt anyone has a crystal ball.

I do note that in a vacuum, there isn't a problem with not specifying any
codec, as IIRC no codecs are specified for the <img> tag and yet practically
most browsers implement a common subset and the web basically works.

PK
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