Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 29th Apr 2010 23:04 UTC
Internet Explorer I am almost flabbergasted by the spin and blunt-face upon which this news is delivered. We were just discussing the pot calling the kettle black with Apple / Adobe and now Microsoft have also come out in favour of a closed video format for an open web--IE9's HTML5 video support will allow H264 only. Update Now that the initial shock is over, I've rewritten the article to actually represent news rather than something on Twitter.
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RE[5]: Uhm
by segedunum on Thu 29th Apr 2010 23:51 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Uhm"
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With IE and Safari supporting only H.264 video, which covers the default browser of the two main OSes, why would anyone provide their content in non-H.264 content?

Because Microsoft and Apple don't dictate the content I'm afraid. Sites on the web and popular sites like YouTube do and those sites have more of a vested interest in making sure their content is accessible everywhere without handcuffs on them. Apple, in particular, are going to find that out the hard way. If you're railing against a particular technology then you'd better make damn sure there are things people actually want to access in your alternate world. Microsoft and Apple don't have anything.

And if no-one provides their content in non-H.264 versions, how are non-IE/non-Safari users supposed to access it?

It's tough shit really if you want to access the sites and content that all the cool kids are looking at and have all the cool features. That's what happened in the early days of the web with Netscape, and IE simply had to follow. If they hadn't they would have failed. Ditto here. They're not in a position to dictate.

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