Summary: Expose image thumbs, embedded video players via oEmbed
                    (API + discovery <link rel>)
           Product: MediaWiki
           Version: wikimedia-deployment
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: Normal
         Component: API

The oEmbed protocol is used by a number of sites to make it easier to get
thumbnail images or inline video player code for a foreign-hosted media entry
that we've just got a URL for. We use this in StatusNet to fetch previews and
video embedding for remote media.


oEmbed data can be read via JSON or XML formats; this may be a good candidate
for a custom API module like the opensearch suggestions.

Note that there's an oEmbed proxy service which provides basic metadata on
articles for Wikipedia:

but it does a poor job on images, where it's really more important:

We should be able to expose most files as 'photo' or 'video' types, which lets
us include a thumbnail URL, and inline HTML for Ogg video players etc.

Compare with Flickr and YouTube entries:

There are also optional 'maxwidth' and 'maxheight' parameters, which can be
used to specify what size thumbnail or inline image/video player you want; the
resulting photo/thumb URL or HTML should match.

<link rel>s can specify the JSON and/or XML discovery URLs for the item on the
current page, and should be provided to third-party services will pick it up.

I _think_ we should be able to make the video handling pretty general by
grabbing HTML fragments from the media handler, though I'm not 100% sure.

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