Thursday, June 9th, 2011

The State – Sort of – of HTML5 Audio


The State – Sort of – of HTML5 Audio

Scott Schiller discusses the high level of hype around HTML5 and CSS3. The two specs render ”many years of feature hacks redundant by replacing them with native features,” he writes in an insightful blog.

Blogging, he says:

CSS3’s border-radius, box-shadow, text-shadow and gradients, and HTML5’s <canvas>, <audio> and <video> are some of the most anticipated features we’ll see put to creative (ab)use as adoption of the ‘new shiny’ grows. Developers jumping on the cutting edge are using subsets of these features to little detriment, in most cases. The more popular CSS features are design flourishes that can degrade nicely, but the current audio and video implementations in particular suffer from a number of annoyances.

He begs the question: Are we going to see a common format across the major browsers for both audio and video?

Check it out!

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Bro, this is an article from last december… :/

Comment by PaulIrish — June 9, 2011

Yeah, I read that a long time back now. Since I’ve been using audio in production and stuck using flash for playback aswell as recording, with a custom lighter version of SoundManager2 (which is excellent, but like most I want to avoid flash). Really would love to see progress on audio playback and recording from the vendors and committee but can’t say I’m holding my breath. Actually decided to wait another 6 months before reviewing the state of HTML5 Audio within our team just last week! I come across very little discussion on the topic of playback and none on recording these days :(

Comment by Skylarkin — June 10, 2011

I’ll also be sticking with Flash for video and audio playback for the foreseeable future. I will likely play around with HTML5 and CSS3 but until IE8 is dead and gone I won’t be using them in production sites.

Comment by SiteSmart — June 10, 2011

I used HTML5 audio in my heart beats and to tell the truth, it wasn’t really well-supported as I couldn’t load a MIDI file into the browser. I love the idea of universal support of multimedia formats. It’s now a pain in butt.

Comment by saeedneamati — June 12, 2011

I think that HTML5 audio and other features like video and 3D rendering(webGL) are very interesting and useful. Firefox well support these features but we have to consider hardware capabilities too. Many home PC and laptops are not the last generation hardware and they don’t have the capability to run 3D built-in graphics.

Comment by OpenSourceFuture — June 13, 2011

Unfortunately, until all the relevant commercial interests are in line I can see the development of HTML audio being stunted for several years to come.

If you have to provide fallbacks to Flash and several different versions to play in the browser then who is going to fund the provision of these alternatives? Commercial clients are going to want something that works for the as many users as possible as cheaply as possible. In the short term this is (sadly) probably going to remain the domain of Flash.

Comment by SimonBLM — June 13, 2011

I’ve been using audio in production and stuck using flash for playback aswell as recording, with a custom lighter version of SoundManager2 (which is excellent, but like most I want to avoid flash).

Comment by monikanchan — February 5, 2012

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