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Good news for open standards

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The next version of Firefox (which will be 3.5, and not 3.1) will support Ogg Vorbis audio and Ogg Theora video out of the box, no plug-ins required:

Firefox 3.1 will ship with built-in support for the Ogg Vorbis and Theora formats—open audio and video codecs that are believed to be unencumbered by patents. The actual codec implementations are integrated directly into the browser itself, so content in those formats will be playable without requiring any external components or plugins.

It will be a welcome relief not to have to deal with FlashPlayer’s boneheaded MP3-only approach.

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Written by [IMH]

9 March 2009 at 3:55 pm

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  1. The next versions of Safari and Opera web browsers will also support the HTML5 multimedia standards, too!

    eagles

    10 March 2009 at 9:04 am

  2. The sweet sound and video of progress.

    logtar

    10 March 2009 at 12:29 pm

  3. That is awesome news!

    Schalk Neethling

    10 March 2009 at 11:39 pm

  4. Eagles: Yes, I am not surprised that everybody but MicroSoft is supporting standards. πŸ™‚ What pleases me is that Firefox is making it even easier to rely on completely open standards than that, making Vorbis and Theora support part of the browser, and not something that anybody even has to think about. Considering how shabbily those open standards get treated in general (coughiTunescough), I find this very encouraging.

    Ian Michael Hamet

    12 March 2009 at 8:49 am


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