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Re: video codecs in HTML 5

On 3/24/07, Maik Merten <maikmerten@gmx.net> wrote:
Taken that e.g. Mozilla and the KHTML team aren't able to build browsers
with integrated (that's what <video> is for: Video without plugins)
MPEG4 support without the appended patent licenses restricting the
freedom of distribution it's worth to try to get a free format into as
many browsers as possible.

Sorry, this doesn't follow. Calling the tag <video> is completely
orthoginal to whether it's implemented by a plugin or not. To support
it all Firefox et al would need to do is convert it to the equivalent
<embed> tag or whatever internally...

Most (all?) program that manipulate video/audio data do so via
plugins. That's because it's easier that way than trying to build
support for every odd format someone might want to use into your

No matter what: Having Mozilla and Opera support a free format is good
in any case. If something proprietary gets recommended Debian can only
lose.  If a free format is in place Debian users can at least watch
parts of the content no matter what Microsoft does.

Ofcourse, it'd be good for people to be able to ship a standards
compliant browser without shipping non-free components, but that has
nothing to do with whether it's a plugin or not...

Have a nice day,
Martijn van Oosterhout <kleptog@gmail.com> http://svana.org/kleptog/

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