advancing open video

Video is a big part of the modern internet, whether it’s used to communicate, educate, or entertain my daughter. We’re building robust support for video (and audio) into Firefox 3.1, making it straightforward for authors to incorporate audio and video media into their pages and applications. We believe that it’s vital to the health of the web for people to approach video on the web the same way they do images: without needing proprietary plugins or paying license fees for restricted codecs, and with the ability to fully integrate into the rest of the page.

Our commitment to the success of open video on the web requires that we select codecs for Firefox that are usable by everyone, without restriction or licensing fee. To that end, we’ve chosen Theora as the format for Firefox 3.1.

We believe that Theora is the best path available today for truly open, truly free video on the internet. We also believe that it can be improved in video quality, in performance, and in quality of implementation, and Mozilla is proud to be supporting the development of Theora software with a $100,000 (USD) grant. Administered by the Wikimedia Foundation, this grant will be used to support development of improved Theora encoders and more powerful playback libraries. These improvements will benefit future versions of Firefox, and anyone else who supports open video on the web.

[Update: Chris Blizzard, being the awesome evangelist I always hoped I'd be, has a great post with a much deeper discussion of why this all matters.]

sevening

OK, Deb, you win. I should be doing something else, but until the Dayquil kicks in I’m not likely to be able to do so.

The Rules

  • Link to your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post. (see above)
  • Share seven facts about yourself in the post. (see below)
  • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs. (see below)
  • Let them know they’ve been tagged. (you’ll just have to trust me)

The Seven Things

  1. I, too, figure skated when I was younger, to mild success. I don’t believe there are pictures of it on the web, which is OK.
  2. I once wrote a multi-user email system on top of DOS batch files, without the use of a text editor (copy con: represent).
  3. In high school, I was an avid member of the school’s technical theatre (and assembly, and school dance, and gaffer-ball varsity) club — avid to the point that I only narrowly managed to actually graduate from high school.
  4. I married my high-school sweetheart.
  5. I do not like to eat coconut- or banana-flavoured things, with a few exceptions like coconut milk in curries because what sort of animal do you think I am anyway? For the past 18 months or so, though, I have been trying to train myself to tolerate, if not enjoy, suchly-flavoured things so that I don’t unwittingly pass my aversion on to Claire. (See also: snakes, though not in a culinary sense.)
  6. I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was 29.
  7. I have lived at 21 addresses in 10 cities.

7 people, all of whom I believe share my disdain for such things to some degree

  • Vlad, for taking care of me in Serbia.
  • Mom, for taking care of me.
  • Phil, for never disguising his contempt for the stupid.
  • Hoye, ibid.
  • Dave, for teaching me to teach.
  • Kev, for being the photographer, bbqer and responsible adult I’d like to be some day.
  • George, for being George.