[vorbis-dev] Metadata streams

Monty xiphmont at xiph.org
Wed Apr 11 14:49:08 PDT 2001

On Wed, Apr 11, 2001 at 03:47:48PM -0500, Aaron Plattner wrote:
> Do you guys have any kind of spec written?  I was thinking about it, and it
> would seem to me that there should be some sort of description (possibly XML) of
> the physical bitstream as a whole, as well as a metadata description of each
> stream.

Yes, but this will not be XML.  I don't especially subscribe to the
view that XML is the perfect hammer for every nail (or in this case,
can of tuna).

>  Specifically, I was thinking that it'd be good to have the metadata
> packets between logical streams, but this appears to be prohibited by the Ogg
> spec (why is this?). 

I want arbitrary metadata to be a first class stream type, not a
hacked in feature that complicates the high level design.

> now can ignore them correctly in the future (libvorbisfile as written gets
> confused when a stream isn't ENTIRELY Vorbis).

That's correct.  But Vorbis I will be vorbis only streams, and we need
to 'throw away' the first version of the stream libs anyway for 2.0.


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