2011-12-05 03:01:57: Created issue 'Text tracks in HTML should be defined in a way agnostic of the specific caption format' nickname generic-track-format owned by Adrian Bateman on product HTML 5 spec, description 'Raised from https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=13637
Frank Olivier wrote:
> The spec contains several (normative) references to webvtt when
> defining cue and track handling. These sections should be rewritten
> to be generic; webvtt is one of many caption formats that could be
> used in html5.
The timed text track feature provides useful capabilities in HTML that do not need to be bound to one specific format. For example, IE10 PP4 implements a subset of both the W3C Recommendation TTML and the experimental community group driven format WebVTT. Both are equally appropriate formats and IE10 PP4 would be interoperable with a user agent implementing a similar profile of TTML.
WebVTT could also feasibly be used as a timed text format independently from HTML5. There is therefore no reason to tie the two formats together with a mutual dependency.' non-public [Adrian Bateman]