[advocacy] W3C SVG considering using Vorbis
dmh at dmh.org.uk
Tue Jul 22 11:14:18 PDT 2003
Jose Ramirez wrote:
> "It is an open question what audio formats, if any, would be required
> for conformance. For the image element, SVG mandates support of PNG,
> JPEG and SVG formats and allows others. All three mandatory formats may
> be implemented without royalty payments. Many common audio formats, such
> as MP3, require payment of royalties. One option under consideration is
> the Vorbis audio compression in the Ogg format. Ogg/Vorbis audio files
> are believed to be implementable without royalty payments. Another
> option is to say that there are no required formats, and each
> implementation supports whatever format the operating system provides.
> Clearly, this would lead to non-interoperable, platform-dependent content."
On a related note, I recently raised the issue of Ogg in relation to the
W3C's XHTML 2.0 Working Drafts. See XHTML 2.0 issue 7358
Basically the draft uses GIFs and MP3s in a lot of examples; I suggested
that PNG, Ogg Vorbis and Ogg Theora might be better formats to use, as
they are more in line with the W3C's patent policy. The present comment
from the HTML Working Group is "I changed a few of the comments/examples
but I did not change the mp3 references -- at least mp3 is a well known
(If anyone wants to raise this with the W3C, details of the two HTML
mailing lists can be found here: <http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/#forums>)
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