canopic jug writes:
Tim Berners-Lee approved Web DRM yesterday, but W3C member organizations have two weeks to appeal. This was the controversial Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) standard for the WWW known as Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). The last opportunity to stop EME is an appeal by the Advisory Committee of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). An appeal would then trigger a vote from the whole Committee to make a final decision to ratify or reject EME. As an added difficulty Tim Berners-Lee heads the Advisory Committee.
Also at Techdirt and EFF. W3C's "Disposition of Comments for Encrypted Media Extensions and Director's decision".
Just this time every browser will support it.
Why does the browser have to support it?Look, even emacs - that aspired to include... nay, to be the OS** - didn't include video-streaming functionality, why would a browser?
** ever heard the "The Emacs operating system needs a better editor" saying?
But why the FUCK is he the Autocrat of Browserstan?
If there's a body that supposedly functions, the W3C, why hasn't he been "Vint Cerf'ed" into obscure board-director status?
Unlike Linus, who manages active function of kernel development, TBL does meetings and reviews documents. His autocracy is a LEGACY, not a continuing MERIT.
No wonder they knighted this bastard! He runs a little model of the UK Parliamentary system, which models superficial aspects of a republic, as concession granted by royalty.
Don't want to follow the autocratic standards org? Code a non-compliant browser.
Don't want to implement EME in your freedumb browser? No penalty except to the users.
Off the point of my rant. W3C autocratic "leadership" is a problem. Not the existence of rational standards.
Start your own group:
> [...] even emacs - that aspired to include... nay, to be the OS** - didn't include video-streaming functionality [...]
Emacs /ˈiːmæks/ is a family of text editors that are characterized by their extensibility.
-- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMACS [wikipedia.org]
EMACS by itself doesn't do much; many extensions are available for it, including one called EMMS:
EMMS (Emacs MultiMedia System) is media player software for Emacs.
See alsohttps://www.gnu.org/software/emms/ [gnu.org]
Dammit, emacs [xkcd.com]
Because it's in the spec, and "standards compliance" tests will be testing for it. Just like the whole whining about Firefox and derivatives not supporting CSS-color-link-spying and failing standard's compliance tests has led to wave upon wave of whining (and by extension added to the dominance of chrome due to the loud and incessant whining by said hipstard web designers).
Sure you can build a browser without it (Palemoon for example will never support it according to the author), but all the major browsers will support it and most derivatives/forks will be too lazy/ignorant to remove it.
PS: Once it becomes a commonplace thing that exists in all major browsers sites will begin using it for far more than just video streaming, they could find some ass-backward way to bend it into an anti-adblock mechanism for example (or the spec will be expanded to allow for it because Google pretty much owns the WC3 and writes the spec themselves nowadays), at which point anyone visiting the site will require it --- and rest assured, this kind of crap will find its way into commonly used frameworks and CMS (the same way shit like jQuery is everywhere now despite serving no actual purpose other than bloating pages by virtue of devs being too lazy to write their own code).
To fix the internet a parallel internet will need to be created.