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Is YouTube Considering Open Formats With HTML5?

html5There are some indications that Google is considering making YouTube – their popular video sharing platform – a more “free and open format” through the use of HTML5, the next generation of markup language for the web that is especially friendly for mobile application development.

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“After the recent post about YouTube, so many votes were put in for HTML5 using Free and Open formats that Google has already cleared them all out (to make space for others) and issued an official response (requires Google login): ‘We’ve heard a lot of feedback around supporting HTML5 and are working hard to meet your request, so stay tuned. We’ll be following up when we have more information.  We’re answering this idea now because there are so many similar HTML5 ideas and we want to give other ideas a chance to be seen.’ Now all the top ideas are concerning copyright and DMCA abuse.”

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