Dailymotion tests non-Flash video portal
Whether or not Dailymotion succeeds in its goal of "making history" with this development remains to be seen. Nonetheless, it is the first time a major video portal has – at least in part – dared to do without the dominant Flash format. Wikipedia and some other sites (such as tinyvid.tv) use only Ogg formats. Dailymotion will reveal more on its strategy at the Open Video Conference in New York on 19th/20th June.
In order to be able to play audiovisual content without additional browser plug-ins, in their "W3C editor's draft" for HTML 5 the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and members of the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) proposed adopting the open source Ogg codecs, developed by the Xiph Foundation, as the default for the planned video and audio elements. In the end, however, concerns expressed by Nokia among others, over "patent risks" for such "proprietary codecs" resulted in this passage being deleted from the draft.