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[4]: 1-2 Punch
by lemur2 on Fri 30th Apr 2010 01:54 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: 1-2 Punch"
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h264 is a real standard.

Yes it is. Indeed. It is the standard video codec for some applications such as digial TV transmissions and Blueray video players, is it not?

MS is as complicit as the W3C. so you are claiming the Web Standards Body is looking to kill HTML5 video. The problem with Absolutism on a topic is that it does not fit right in the real world.

Say what? h264 is NOT the standard codec for use on the web. It can't be, because it doesn't meet the royalty-free requirement for use in that role.

Being royalty-free IS a requirement for web standards, didn't you know? Absolutely it is. Every other web standard meets it.

Here is an example, and at the same time an indicator that Microsoft is very well aware of the requirement that web satndards must be royalty-free.
A WebFonts group was founded at the W3C in March, and this group now has the submitted specification to begin its technical work. Microsoft, Mozilla, Opera, TypeSupply and LettError have all signed up to the W3C royalty free licensing requirements for any patented material within the submission.

Edited 2010-04-30 02:01 UTC

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