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In HTML5 war, Microsoft guy slams "President of the United States of Google"

Microsoft says Google is inventing new language in Web video standards dispute

By , Network World
January 12, 2011 10:37 AM ET

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These changes will occur in the next couple months but we are announcing them now to give citizens using other languages an opportunity to translate the libraries of the world into Esperanto.

Dankon, nedankinde!"

The latter phrase in Esperanto means "Thank you, you're welcome." 

Internet Explorer 9, of course, supports the H.264 codec. Sneath's hyperlinks lead readers to data indicating that two-thirds of Web videos are using H.264, with about another 25% using Flash VP6. However, the data, from Encoding.com, was released before the launch of WebM last May.

But WebM will have a chance with the weight of Google and Chrome behind it. WebM is also supported by Mozilla, Opera and Adobe.

Google's Jazayeri says WebM has brought "Rapid performance improvements in the video encoder and decoder thanks to contributions from dozens of developers across the community; Broad adoption by browser, tools, and hardware vendors; [and] Independent (yet compatible) implementations that not only bring additional choice for users, publishers, and developers but also foster healthy competition and innovation."

Chrome's move from H.264 to WebM "will occur in the next couple months but we are announcing them now to give content publishers and developers using HTML video an opportunity to make any necessary changes to their sites," he writes. Google wants to focus "its investments in those technologies that are developed and licensed based on open web principles." Google will also support the Theora video codec "and will consider adding support for other high-quality open codecs in the future."

Network World open source blogger Joe Brockmeier, formerly the open SUSE Community Manager for Novell, calls Google's decision "good news ... for open Web proponents," but "potentially bad news for the majority of the Web, which is going to have to ride out a years-long standards format war. Again."

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