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Mozilla, Opera look to facilitate video on the Web


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Mozilla, Opera look to make video on the Web easier | IDGNS | News | December 07, 2007 | By Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service

New features in the Firefox and Opera browsers could make it less complex and cheaper for people to incorporate video into their Web sites, representatives of Mozilla and Opera say.

Firefox and Opera will support a new HTML tag specifically for embedding video in Web pages. As long as the browsers support a video's specific codec, or encoding method, the browsers will then be able to play the video without launching third-party enabling software, said Chris Double, a Mozilla engineer. Mozilla and Opera are also working to support the royalty-free video codec Ogg Theora.


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Wow! That's good news. Can't wait to try it out. What irks me a little about Firefox (yes, I said it!) is that it requires the embed tag for some videos or a lengthy work around. I never get my pages to validate when I throw in the embed tag and I'll be glad to see it go forever!

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I'm sure, to ensure best compatibility now, web developers need to have fallback options for each browser's ability, based on the video types supported. So if there isn't a certain ActiveX or plugin installed, it falls back to another version, and so on and so forth until it gets down to a gif image or something! Haha, definitely some standardization needed.

Doesn't sound like you'll have to wait long, should be in soon after Firefox 3.0 comes out, but you could play around with it in the beta version (9.50) of Opera right now.
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