Media Fragments URI 1.0

The W3C Media Fragments Working Group has published a Last Call Working Draft of Media Fragments URI 1.0. Audio and video resources on the World Wide Web are currently treated as “foreign” objects, which can only be embedded using a plugin that is capable of decoding and interacting with the media resource. Specific media servers are generally required to provide for server-side features such as direct access to time offsets into a video without the need to retrieve the entire resource. Support for such media fragment access varies between different media formats and inhibits standard means of dealing with such content on the Web. This specification provides for a media-format independent, standard means of addressing media fragments on the Web using URIs. Comments are welcome through 10 April.

About Ivan Herman

Ivan Herman is the leader of the Digital Publishing Activity at W3C. For more details, see http://www.w3.org/People/Ivan/

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