Linked by Moochman on Mon 10th May 2010 22:54 UTC
Internet & Networking A lot of articles lately have been focused on why Apple and Microsoft are the bad guys by supporting H.264 and not Theora. Well, yes, they are bad guys, but there really is not much point whining to them. It will in all likelihood fall on deaf ears, simply because they are acting in their own best interests--as MPEG stakeholders and commercial, DRM-encouraging, royalty-loving, proprietary-operating-system-hawking corporations. But that could all change--if the HTML5 spec didn't allow H.264.
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RE: fire with fire?
by mabhatter on Wed 12th May 2010 03:25 UTC in reply to "fire with fire?"
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Unfortunately, the W3C is "pissing up a rope" on this one. All the big players sit on the board and pony up money for expensive meetings at exciting locations... the actual free & open guys don't got much money. Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, IBM, etc are more than happy "selling users down the river" if it helps out another "buddy" in the club.

The W3C should know better, but after SVG and XHTML2 that got sandbagged in committee but the big companies. They've been using the W3C as a "bargaining chip" for way to long.. it took the WHATAG and the HTML5 group of actual WEB DEVELOPERS wanted to see to get them off their asses after the Big M basically ignored standards for 8 years!

Effectively though, if the W3C doesn't allow h.264 Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight will just mow them over and there will be no more HTML5 at all. We're at the point the proprietary fiefs are bigger than the W3C's influence right now, so they take what they can get.

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