Re: video codecs in HTML 5
Maik Merten <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Recently Apple joined the discussion and questioned if the Ogg formats
> should get such a recommendation (
> ). The following discussion implies Apple wants to see MPEG4 being used
> for embedded video in browsers. These codecs are not free (they demand a
> fee for it) and restrict distribution of software containing them.
> This would mean Debian may have to strip support for <video> from all
> shipped browsers. That would mean many Debian users can't legally access
> parts of the web.
Your second paragraph above doesn't follow from your first. Even if the
standard for <video> says to use MPEG4, I assume that it will follow the
same model as the rest of HTTP and the video will be a separate object
with its own MIME type. Given that, there's absolutely nothing preventing
Debian from shipping browsers with <video> support for the Ogg formats,
regardless of what the standard says is the recommended codec.
Similar things have been done in the past.
Russ Allbery (email@example.com) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>