[webkit-dev] Request for position on Media Feeds

Maciej Stachowiak mjs at apple.com
Wed Jun 17 16:09:53 PDT 2020

Without having read the spec in detail, the first thing I wonder is why not use RSS for this purpose? That seems to be the de facto standard for audio feeds (i.e. podcasts). This is dismissed in a cursory way in the explainer. There’s some more detailed discussion in the issue filed by the TAG: <https://github.com/beccahughes/media-feeds/issues/10>, which I found eventually. It seems like some of that should go in the Explainer.

Second, it’s not clear to me if this spec has anything that would need to be implemented in the browser engine. Rather, it provides a format for metadata linked from the page, which can optionally be used by the UA in some manner unrelated to processing of web content. Is that correct? (Asking in part to know the right people to ask for an opinion.)

Third, and this is a minor thing, it seems strange that the spec (and parts of its syntax) are called Media Feeds instead of Video Feeds, since audio is explicitly out of scope. Perhaps audio is intended to be added later. If so, that increases the value of aligning with how podcasts are done today.

> On Jun 17, 2020, at 2:48 PM, Becca Hughes <beccahughes at chromium.org> wrote:
> Hi webkit-dev,
> I would like to request an official position on Media Feeds.
> Explainer: https://github.com/WICG/media-feeds/blob/master/explainer.md <https://github.com/WICG/media-feeds/blob/master/explainer.md>
> Chrome Status: https://chromestatus.com/feature/5695114963845120 <https://chromestatus.com/feature/5695114963845120>
> TAG review: https://github.com/w3ctag/design-reviews/issues/477 <https://github.com/w3ctag/design-reviews/issues/477>
> Thanks,
> Becca
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