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"Methinks you are being a bit myopic here. Where would we be today if the HTMLspec didn't specify jpg, gif, and png as baseline standards for the imagetag? Can you imagine a huge mishmash of competing proprietary imagestandards, many of which wouldn't even render in free software browsers likeFirefox? That would be a nightmare, but unfortunately, that's what'scurrently happening with video. Much like the image standard in HTML meansthat any browser can display anything in an image tag, so too must the videostandard in HTML guarantee that any browser can display anything in a videotag. That's what the proposed specification is about."Exactly. For audio, Ogg Vorbis should be the baseline standard. Companiesare free to implement their own technology and installable kits orredistribution agreements that allow people to use their tech on theircomputers. And for video, likewise but replace Vorbis for Theora.Otherwise, let's start preparing for 1995 and "To view this page, you need toinstall this piece of crapware" all over again. I lived that (together withWindows 95, which in all fairness was rather good compared to thealternatives -- thank god for Linux). I don't want to experience it all overagain, especially since I know that even today, that crapware isn't evengonna be made for Linux, and I'm going to be screwed again.
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