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I wonder how I could have possibly misread that. Either way I think the point is correct. Let me see if I can go back and fix the attribution.

On a more technical note, the problem from my point of view (as the HTML5 spec writer) is that it really doesn't matter _why_ the big vendors don't want to implement Theora -- the mere fact that they don't want to implement it makes it pointless for me to tell them to implement it. Spec authors only have as much power as the implementors of their specs give them. In the browser world, the browser vendors just point blank ignore anything they disagree with, whatever the reason. That's why we started HTML5 in the first place.

The video codec issue is definitely still being investigated. It might take some time, but we'll find a solution in due course, and that solution will be compatible with the distribution models of free and open source projects. It may even be Theora -- the best way to make that happen would be for people to put out Web content using Theora and for people to convince Web users to install Theora codecs. If there is substantial content on the Web that uses Theora, that codec becomes much more compelling. (Note that the same applies to other codecs -- and right now, the H.264 camp is doing much better at convincing people to use their codec. Really the only thing preventing H.264 from being used is the lack of RF patent license terms.)

> On a more technical note, the problem from my point of view (as the HTML5
> spec writer) is that it really doesn't matter _why_ the big vendors don't
> want to implement Theora -- the mere fact that they don't want to
> implement it makes it pointless for me to tell them to implement it.

I know, and I'm writing for public/mindshare consumption as much as anything.
I'm not frustrated with you, I'm frustrated with the situation that we're both in.

> Really the only thing preventing H.264 from being used is
> the lack of RF patent license terms.)

Yes, and if there were RF terms available for h.264, I would consider that a
victory as well.

thank you

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