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[3]: Tough
by darknexus on Fri 30th Apr 2010 10:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Tough"
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"Royalty-free is a requirement for web standards.

You keep saying that. Over and over again. Repeatedly. It won't make it any closer to something the average user actually cares about though. That is what is important here. That the average user's hardware includes the correct chipsets, software codecs and such to decode the video without lag or stuttering.
Actually, it's true according to the w3c. Why do you think H.264 was ruled out at the very beginning as the standard codec for HTML 5? Of course, the w3c totally fscked up and was too afraid to put their foot down and require a standard codec for HTML 5 compliance... So here we go again, back to the mid 90's and the codec hell. Wonderful. HTML 5 was one of the most promising developments for an open web, but thanks to the w3c we're going into a complete regression. I wonder how many different players and codecs we'll end up needing before this is all over and the next Flash comes around, repeating this cursed cycle ad infinitum until we stop letting corporate types sit on the web standards committees?

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