11 December 2007

Ogg Vorbis/Theora Language Removed From HTML5 Spec

Sad news for HTML5, while Ogg Vorgis/Theora were not necessary to make HTML5 work, a standard codec is needed to make some part of HTML5 usefull – the part I worked on for WebKit/Gtk+. This point has been repeated over and over: all browsers implemented HTML5 needs to have a common codec.

While there is no default image format in the HTML* spec, we were lucky nobody ever used their patents against JPEG. In fact, it is most probably because of said patents that Apple and Nokia were reluctant to include Vorbis/Theora on their OS or their phones.

Someone has to fix that patent system!

Comments (4)

  1. 8 February 2008
    David Laban said...

    If you ask in #gstreamer, they will tell you that Theora tends to be very computationally expensive. I wonder if dirac would be better for inclusion into html5, if it’s ready in time.

  2. 8 February 2008
    Pierre-Luc Beaudoin said...

    May be, I didn’t know about Dirac in the time I wrote that blog post.

  3. 12 February 2008

    [...] noticias para el HTML5, que al parecer han decidido que Ogg Vorbis/Theora no es necesario para formar parte del estandar de HTML5. Recordemos que Vorbis, o Ogg Vorbis, (Theora es su análogo en video) se trata de un codec de [...]

  4. 12 February 2008

    [...] ha decidido que Ogg Vorbis/Theora no formará parte de su estándar. Esta nefasta decisión se ha visto influenciada por la presión ejercida por Nokia y Apple que [...]