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Multimedia, AV In a recent interview, Wikimedia deputy director Erik Moller talks about the site's upcoming suite of editing tools and sharing options. "Although videos have been part of the Wikimedia stable for a couple years through the open-source Ogg Theora format, the offering has been limited. Now, however, a Firefox 3.5 plugin called Firefogg will allow for server-side transcoding to the Ogg format. In addition to allowing for downloading and editing, the Ogg format also consumes significantly fewer resources during video playback. The linked article also indicates that there are other video sites (apart from Wikimedia and Dailymotion) that are moving to the open standards format for video, noting that "hundreds of thousands of public domain videos from sources such as the Internet Archive and Metavid will be available in the new format".
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dsmogor
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2005-09-01

Your misconception is that W3C can force anyone to do anything and it's just a matter of overruling somebody in some obscure voting to shape the market.

W3C is simply a table for each of the important players to sit together and resolve their differences before they go straight into market and engage in destructive wars which surely benefit the collective customer the least. Think of it as a kind of web UN, meant straight to escape the dreadful prisoners dilemma. It's only relevant as long as everybody voice is heard, and it took years of blood, sweat and tears for W3C to gain this.
But if the players are not ready/mature enough to spring free ecosystem in this domain and start seeking revenue on a higher level. Well, that's a pity but W3C (nor any other committee) can't do anything about that, it can only hurt itself.

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