Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Jun 2009 15:56 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones As was anticipated, the boys and girls at Mozilla have released the final build of Firefox 3.5 today. Firefox 3.5 - originally supposed to be 3.1 - comes with many welcome improvements, chief among which is support for HTML5 audio and video tags.
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daveak
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2008-12-29

They don't mention out of the box ;) besides, installing a codec is less than installing a whole browser such as firefox so it is less to do.

Even though it is using quicktime, it is still the browser supporting it + it still seems native (and seeming native is something firefox loves to try and do), for instance right click on the video you do not get a quicktime popup like you would with flash, but just the normal one. Personally I think it is better going though the native media system, why should my browser know how to decode any video format? Yes it is nicer the browser renders it rather than farming off to a plugin, but it should still use the system code, not bring in its own library. Cross platform argument? Just ship the codec for whatever framework the platform build is.

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ggeldenhuys Member since:
2006-11-13

installing a codec is less than installing a whole browser such as firefox so it is less to do.

Well if you start of with the browser as default - which should be the case in the next Linux distro release, then it's one less codec to install! Less effort for the end-user and the web developers.

just the normal one. Personally I think it is better going though the native media system, why should my browser know how to decode any video format?

Well, that's like saying you would rather require external add-ons or codecs before your browser supports loading jpg, gif and png images. HTML5 wants video and audio to be just as natural as the current image format support - all out of the box experience and supported by all.

This also makes it much easier for web developers. They can now add more content to there websites knowing that users will be able to experience it as the web developer/designer intended.

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