[webkit-dev] HbbTV support within Webkit

Randall Bennett randall.bennett at gmail.com
Fri Oct 12 13:20:04 PDT 2012

On Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs at apple.com> wrote:

> On Oct 11, 2012, at 7:40 AM, Mark Toller <mark.toller at samsung.com> wrote:
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Dominik Röttsches [mailto:dominik.rottsches at intel.com]
> >>
> >> On 10/10/2012 10:26 AM, Mark Toller wrote:
> >>> What we would like to see initially is Webkit based browsers (Chrome,
> >>> Safari, Minibrowser, etc) actually load HbbTV pages instead of asking
> >>> the user to download the content - this would indirectly benefit the
> >>> end goal of Webkit (to get everyone to support standard W3C/HTML5)...
> >>
> >> This particular change is just a matter of adding one more displayable
> >> mime-type, right?
> >
> > Almost. I've created a bug and patch for this particular change:
> >
> > https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=99049
> >
> > As someone else stated, I think the best approach is to create
> > a bug for each change we consider worthwhile, and then they can be
> > considered individually.
> I don't think we should take this change or accept this feature in
> general. It seems that of those who have spoken up, the WebKit community is
> not in favor of this direction.

 Even though the specific change in that patch is relatively small,
> supporting custom MIME types has significant disadvantages:
> - Creates interoperability issues with other browsers.
> - Fragments the web
> - Opens us up to further requests to add support for similarly niche MIME
> types in the future
> If CE-HTML and HbbTV content is fine to process as ordinary HTML, then it
> should be served with text/html MIME type. That would avoid all of these
> problems. If a consortium decided to create custom mime types instead, then
> they made a mistake and should fix it. In some cases, when the technology
> is compelling or there is a wealth of existing content, we live with
> arguable errors in the standard. But neither of those considerations
> applies here.
> Regards,
> Maciej
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 +1. As someone who builds applications specifically for TV producers, I
feel that this custom mime type is the first in a series of bad moves.

Why doesn't the HBB group form its own W3 style group? I think this is just
heading in the wrong direction.

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