Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Jun 2009 15:23 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones We're on the verge of a serious evolution on the web. Right now, the common way to include video on the web is by use of Flash, a closed-source technology that is a massive resource hog. The answer is the HTML5 video tag, which allows you to embed video into HTML pages without the use of Flash or any other non-HTML technology; combined with open video codecs, this could provide the perfect opportunity to further open up and standardise the web. Sadly, not even Mozilla itself really seems to understand what it is supposed to do with the video tag, and actually advocates the use of JavaScript to implement it. Kroc Camen, OSNews editor, is very involved in making/keeping the web open, and has written an open letter to Mozilla in which he urges them to not use JavaScript for HTML video. Note that Kroc's website may not work properly in Internet Explorer. (Update The letter has been mirrored in the article, Read More for the full text)
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HTML5 applications are questionable
by wojnicki on Tue 23rd Jun 2009 10:31 UTC
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Most of the features HTML5 suppose to deliver are already present in HTML4.2! The battle over the video tag is pointless, nobody needs that tag! There is already object tag which allows to embed whatever is needed including audio and video. It's up to the browser/plugin whether is supports a given data type or not.

It would be much better if one (W3C) could standardize the data types instead, saying that such and such video or audio streams should be covered by the browser, as it is for images or fonts right now.

The whole buzz seems to me like pushing the web in pointless direction.

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