Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 29th Apr 2010 23:04 UTC
Internet Explorer I am almost flabbergasted by the spin and blunt-face upon which this news is delivered. We were just discussing the pot calling the kettle black with Apple / Adobe and now Microsoft have also come out in favour of a closed video format for an open web--IE9's HTML5 video support will allow H264 only. Update Now that the initial shock is over, I've rewritten the article to actually represent news rather than something on Twitter.
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RE[4]: 1-2 Punch
by lemur2 on Fri 30th Apr 2010 02:17 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: 1-2 Punch"
lemur2
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As for the codec, the w3c backed off specific codecs now for the spec, so its up to the implementors.


Only at the insistence of Apple. W3C originally specified Theora, and Apple threw a hissy fit and vetoed that. Since there is no other competitive royalty-free video codec available at this time, the W3C have been unable to include the codec specification as yet within the HTML5 specification.

This in turn is a major reason why HTML5 is not yet a W3C recommendation.

The codec is NOT up to the implementors. One cannot have a royalty encumberence within a web satndard, so there is no agreed standard as yet.

Perhaps if Google make VP8 royalty-free, then this situation can be resolved. Or maybe Theora can be agreed upon eventually. Whatever ... h264 is NOT it.

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