Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Jan 2011 17:44 UTC
Internet & Networking With yesterday's news that Google will be dropping H.264 support from the Chrome web browser, the internet was split in half. One one side, there's people who applaud the move, who are happy that Google is pushing an open, royalty-free and unencumbered video codec (irrespective of Google's motivation). On the other side, there are the H.264 supporters, who believe that H.264 is the one and only choice for HTML5 video. One of the most vocal and public figures in the latter group is John Gruber. Following his five questions for Google, here are ten questions for Gruber about WebM, H.264, and standards on the web.
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Good questions, but...
by ingraham on Wed 12th Jan 2011 19:20 UTC
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While these are all good questions, Gruber's questions still remain valid. Why does Google support H.264 through YouTube and Android? Why is Flash allowed? It's hard to see this as a purely selfless "support open standards" move. Maybe I'm just cynical, but it sure looks like Google is doing this only because they think there's an advantage in it. I don't know what that advantage might be, since WebM is free, but they must have some ulterior motive.

His final question is a good one, too. Chrome had a distinct advantage over Firefox and Opera. Now it's gone. Most people just want their browser work, and don't care about the underlying technical issues. (I also really wonder about Apple with Flash. How can you leave your customers unable to access so many sites?) Why not have both?

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