Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Jun 2009 15:23 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones We're on the verge of a serious evolution on the web. Right now, the common way to include video on the web is by use of Flash, a closed-source technology that is a massive resource hog. The answer is the HTML5 video tag, which allows you to embed video into HTML pages without the use of Flash or any other non-HTML technology; combined with open video codecs, this could provide the perfect opportunity to further open up and standardise the web. Sadly, not even Mozilla itself really seems to understand what it is supposed to do with the video tag, and actually advocates the use of JavaScript to implement it. Kroc Camen, OSNews editor, is very involved in making/keeping the web open, and has written an open letter to Mozilla in which he urges them to not use JavaScript for HTML video. Note that Kroc's website may not work properly in Internet Explorer. (Update The letter has been mirrored in the article, Read More for the full text)
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Why should I care?
by pepo on Fri 19th Jun 2009 18:14 UTC
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I use the web with disabled Flash, Java, JavaScript, and usually Cookies.

If a site offers a video as an .ogv download link, or as an HTML 5 video, I will be able to watch it. If not, I will just skip that site.

Why should I care what Mozilla does or says? I do not even use their browser.

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RE: Why should I care?
by Kroc on Fri 19th Jun 2009 18:17 in reply to "Why should I care?"
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Because as the letter outlines, a million crappy dreamweaver developers are going to be copy/pasting code from somewhere, and if that’s JS-only video insertion then you’re not going to see a lot of videos, ever, even though your browser is perfectly capable if only the website’s programmers had a clue.

This matters to everybody using the web either publishing, or viewing video in the near future.

If you don’t care, that’s fine—but I’m fighting so that you don’t have to care and video “just works” for you.

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RE[2]: Why should I care?
by gauthierm on Fri 19th Jun 2009 18:53 in reply to "RE: Why should I care?"
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Please refer Dreamweaver developers to this post on using audio and video in Firefox:

It's well written and doesn't require JavaScript. It even specifically mentions how to use Flash as a fallback without using JavaScript.

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