HTML5 video element codec debate reignited
Posted Feb 5, 2010 19:01 UTC (Fri) by n8willis
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The cause-and-effect given here is exactly backwards. HTML5 does not mandate any format because the war is underway. The editor, Ian Hickson, is not willing to add anything to the standard if a major player refuses to implement it, because then it's not a standard, it's a work of fiction. Apple refuses to implement Theora support, and Mozilla refuses to implement H.264 support, regardless of what the spec says, so it would be pointless to try mandating either it would just make the spec less useful to anyone who expects it to be consistently implemented as written.
I don't agree. I don't think it's cause-and-effect, for starters -- these two activities are intertwined and simultaneous. The H.264 stakeholders know and accept that W3C will not include a royalty-collecting format in a standard; they are not seeking to have H.264 be declared part of the standard, they are trying to prevent any competing format from becoming part of the standard, because that decision would seriously hurt them in the ongoing de-facto war for dominance.
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