Open Images Platform

I have been very busy the last couple of months with a new video, audio and images platform. It's prototype is nearing completion. I am currently working on the player. HTML5 includes a video-tag but implementing a player that support as many (modern) browsers as possible still takes me back like 10 years or something.

Thu 11 Jun 2009 / André / 1 comments

The Open Images Platform aims to be as open as possible. Access to the content will be based on the Creative Commons model, but implementing a player gives me headaches. There are some solutions available but they all use Javascript to detect which browser you use and what media and plugins it supports. Wikimedia uses a script called 'oggplayer.js (which is not only about Ogg ;-) containing 753 lines of code. Takes me be back to the days of HTML 4 ...

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Firefox 3.5b4 is very strict about rendering the video tag it seems and is not allways OK with 'probably' on the following method:
var el = document.createElement("video");
if (el.canPlayType('video/ogg') == "probably") {}
It sometimes does render, but more often not. Which I thank is a bit ambiguous. When presented with 'video/ogg' and 'maybe', it does render the video. We have a fallback to Cortado when it refuses and although one would prefer a fallback without Javascript I build one with since it enables the use of one set of controls.
See the specifications at: http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/multipage/video.html#dom-navigator-canplaytype

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