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[whatwg] More YouTube response

From: Marques Johansson <marques@displague.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2010 15:00:24 -0400
Message-ID: <AANLkTinhf_HRPM8ixcmz-sZvSX_vL9HyIu__0tnE74Dy@mail.gmail.com>
> Yes, the browser disconnects, and scripts have no influence over it. With
> preload="metadata" implemented, it should disconnect as soon as possible
> after getting enough data for the first frame. For preload="auto", it will
> disconnect after buffering X seconds of data. If you need more granularity
> than that, I suggest server-side control informed by information collected
> by JavaScript. If browsers handled a short reply to a range request, it
> should work just fine, no?
Yes.  I started my quest as a Firefox bug report
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=570755  .. The developers
weren't sure that the HTTP spec actually permits a browser to handle a short
response in this way.  When I went fishing around through the spec I found
some things that seemed to permit this and other things that contradicted
them (noted in the bug report).  I started mailing the HTTP-bis group but
they were not convinced either

Chrome handles short 206s the same way Opera's ogg handler does but nothing
else does.
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