> *HTML 5 will no longer specify Ogg Theora as its video codec, the Google
> employee who maintains the burgeoning web-coding standard has announced.*
> Ian Hickson wrote on 
> Monday<http://lists.whatwg.org/htdig.cgi/whatwg-whatwg.org/2009-June/020620.html>that
>  he was reluctantly dropping the open standard due to opposition from
> Apple, and said the rival H.264 codec could also not be specified due to
> opposition from other browser vendors. This means HTML 5 will not specify a
> single codec for web development.
> One of the key features of HTML 5 is its native handling of rich media such
> as video and audio through the and tags, which mean web developers do not
> have to rely on proprietary 
> products<http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/0,1000000121,39655473,00.htm>such 
> as Adobe's Flash or Microsoft's Silverlight.
> However, "there is no suitable codec that all vendors are willing to
> implement and ship", Hickson wrote on the website of the Web Hypertext
> Application Technology (WHAT) Working Group, the coalition of companies
> working to develop HTML 5.
> "I have therefore removed the two subsections in the HTML 5 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,
> and plugin APIs, or web fonts and font formats," Hickson wrote.

Vítor Baptista
Comissão Organizadora
III Encontro de Software Livre da Paraíba
19, 20 e 21 de Junho de 2009
Estação Ciência, Cultura e Artes Cabo Branco
João Pessoa, PB.

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