Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Jan 2011 06:32 UTC
Internet & Networking "The promise of HTML5's video tag was a simple one: to allow web pages to contain embedded video without the need for plugins. With the decision to remove support for the widespread H.264 codec from future versions of Chrome, Google has undermined this widely-anticipated feature. The company is claiming that it wants to support 'open codecs' instead, and so from now on will support only two formats: its own WebM codec, and Theora." Sorely disappointed in Ars' Peter Bright. Us geeks reviled web developers for sticking to Internet Explorer when Firefox came onto the scene, and yet now, the same arguments we used to revile are used to keep H.264 in the saddle. How us mighty geeks have fallen.
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jrincayc
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2007-07-24

Great post, the only comment I have is on "The use of MP3 and AAC in the HTML audio tag is however a different matter; this is a case where I will agree with most that if Google is dropping support for H.264 over the matter of openness and freeness, MP3 and AAC should go as well. "

I think MP3 is close enough to patent expiration for decoding (The initial near-complete MPEG-1 standard (parts 1, 2 and 3) was publicly available in December 6, 1991 as ISO CD 11172.) that support for it does not need to be dropped, since the monopoly can probably only last until about December 2012.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3#Licensing_and_patent_issues

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