When are we going to have a standard HTML5 format?

HTML5 drew a lot of attention when it first came out… embedding videos can be as simple as using a “video” tag.

However, thanks to the clash of video formats between patented and free codecs, web developers are faced with the same old IE + other browsers dilemma – they now need to create cross platform friendly videos. As a result, developers need to insert additional if-then-else javascripts to do the right thing for the right platform. The competition between apple (H264 codec) and Google (VP8) can be a good thing for themselves but its becoming too much politics for the rest of us.

It looks more and more like H264 is winning the battle. Is google going to concede or not? Why stand on the fence by supporting H264 in chrome? Even firefox finally conceded defeat this year. What does that mean for the consumer? How much more “if-then-else” are we going to have in our code and for how long?

Different browser support is already a headache. The codecs standardisation issue just adds salt to the wound.

Author: bpeh

Bernard Peh is a great passioner of web technologies and one of the co-founder of Sitecritic.net Website Design and Reviews. He works with experienced web designers and developers everyday, developing and designing commercial websites. He specialises mainly in SEO and PHP programming.