Apple Forestalls Free Codec in HTML 5
You thought that HTML 5 will bring the end of proprietary Flash/Silverlight/Java/… audio and video players in the future?
YOU ARE WRONG! (as to be expected)Ian Hickson reports:
After an inordinate amount of discussions, both in public and privately, on the situation regarding codecs for <video> and <audio> in HTML5, I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that there is no suitable codec that all vendors are willing to implement and ship.
I have therefore removed the two subsections in the HTML5 spec in which codecs would have been required, and have instead left the matter undefined, as has in the past been done with other features like <img> and image formats, <embed> and plugin APIs, or Web fonts and font formats.
I personally blame primarily Apple, as the are apparently not willing to implement the free Ogg Theora codec.