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Re: [Lynx-dev] HTML 5

From: Patrick
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] HTML 5
Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2010 07:57:54 -0700

On Sun, 4 Jul 2010 13:35:50 +0000 (UTC)
Thorsten Glaser wrote:

> David Woolley dixit:
> >
> > It's never going to work well, though, because people who use them will use
> > them to construct a single, compound, multimedia document, not to generate a
> > portion of web in which the HTML helps you to find video and audio 
> > resources.

[nods]  I remember this line from the '90s, and it's still true.

> I was thinking of that you tube thingy though… people often throw
> such links around in IRC, and for me to be able to lynx them, 'd'
> the .avi file and run mplayer on it would be optimal

It's a little more complicated than that, but there are

Should work just fine as an external URL handler, but you'd
probably want a wrapper script to prompt you for an output

For example...

echo -n "Save as: "
read foo
youtube-dl -o "$foo" "$1"
# mplayer "$foo" &

#  Untested...  YMMV...  Etc.

> (what’s with
> all this watching videos in a webbrowser, anyway?).

Convenience [for the user], and some measure of content control
[for the site owner], since saving these videos to disk can get a
bit tricky -- and that's probably no accident.  After all, if you
don't have to visit the site every time you want to see a certain
video [or show it to a friend, or have a communal giggle around a
web-forum or whatever], you might miss a few ads and that's what
the site's there for in the first place.

And generally, it just doesn't occur to people because they think
of the video as being at that URL, not in their browser cache.

> bye,
> //mirabilos


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