Theora is indeed not the most advanced video codec there is. However, if you had actually read
the article or understood the issues, these patent-encumbered codecs are not simply even in
the running for a W3C recommendation. Therefore technical comparisons to them are, indeed,
In fact, barring a miracle and the MPEG LA granting a royalty-free license to some MPEG
profile, the base codec recommended by HTML5 is likely to be an extremely old and crappy one
whose possible patents have expired already. That is if there is going to be a recommended
base codec; a consensus is not overly likely, what with MPEG LA protection racket members
having a strong say in the matter.