Monday, July 6, 2009

HTML 5 is not making open source video codec fixed

A clear definition fails the resistance of the browser manufacturers. They fear patent and qualitative problems. HTML 5 will not open-source codec for the item "Video" set. So far, H.264 or Ogg Theora for selection for multimedia content such as videos directly in the browser without plug-in from a third party, such as Adobe Flash or Microsoft Silverlight play. One of the key features of HTML 5 is its native handling of rich media such as video and audio through the video and audio tags, which mean Web developers do not have to rely on proprietary products such as Adobe's Flash or Microsoft's Silverlight. A solid integration of Ogg Theora is loud Hickson, inter alia, the resistance of Apple failed. The company wanted the codec due to lack of hardware support and unclear patent situation is not installed in Quicktime.

Google's Chrome browser, support in the current version of both codecs, the developer writes on the website of the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG), an association of companies involved in the development of HTML 5 work. The search provider could not license H.264 for Chromium, the open-source version of the browser available. Google also doubt that the quality of Ogg Theora for YouTube videos. Opera and Mozilla in turn refused to use H.264 because of patent and licensing problems.

He voted for the definition of codecs provided paragraphs of HTML-5-specification away, so Hickson. Instead, there are no targets, as in the past with tags for the presentation of images and image formats for the "Embed" and plug-in APIs and Web fonts. Hickson suggests two possible solutions to the problem. First, could the spread of Ogg Theora as much to grow, that Apple has to give up his resistance. On the other hand, one could wait until the patents expired and the H.264 codec will become the dominant technology.

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