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[whatwg] Codecs for <audio> and <video>

From: Peter Kasting <pkasting@google.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 12:15:48 -0700
Message-ID: <d62cf1d10906301215ifd92196jfb7f51b99f81320e@mail.gmail.com>
As a contributor to multiple browsers, I think it's important to note the
distinctions between cases like Acid3 (where IIRC all tests were supposed to
test specs that had been published with no dispute for 5 years), much of
HTML5 (where items not yet implemented generally have agreement-on-principle
from various vendors) and this issue, where vendors have publicly refused to
implement particular cases.  Particular specs in the first two cases
represent vendor consensus, and when vendors discover problems during
implementation the specs are changed.  This is not a case where vendor
consensus is currently possible (despite the apparently naive beliefs on the
part of some who think the vendors are merely ignorant and need education on
the benefits of codec x or y), and "just put it in the spec to apply
pressure" is not a reasonable response.

PK

On Jun 30, 2009 2:17 AM, "Sam Kuper" <sam.kuper at uclmail.net> wrote:

2009/6/30 Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com>

> > On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 2:50 PM, Ian Hickson<ian at hixie.ch> wrote: > > I
considered requiring Og...

Right. Waiting for all vendors to support the specified codec would be like
waiting for them all to be Acid3 compliant. Better to specify how browsers
should behave (especially if it's how most of them will behave), and let the
stragglers pick up the slack in their own time under consumer pressure.

Sam
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