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Jan 24, 2010, 4:08:16 AM1/24/10
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Hi everyone,

This piece of Ogg activism is getting some traffic on identi.ca and
Twitter right now. If you haven't already, you should jump in:

* <http://productideas.appspot.com/#9/e=3d60a&t=ogg>

People are voting for Google to offer HTML5/Ogg video support on
YouTube, in Google's own product ideas voting space.

YouTube is, obviously, the largest source of videos in the world by
far, so keeping pressure on Google to support web standards and free
formats (over proprietary formats like Flash) is really important.

Google has closed the window on HTML5 feedback, saying that peoples'
voices have been heard. Notably absent is any mention of Ogg. Google
leaving Ogg out of the picture here makes sense, because it would be
very easy for them to offer HTML5/h264 videos that play in Chrome and
Safari, while still excluding free formats and users of free browsers
like Firefox and Icecat.

It also means that, from our point of view anyway, votes for Ogg
Theora support are still welcome. PlayOgg can play an important role
here by stressing free formats.

If you don't already have a Google account, please don't let this
encourage you to make one. You can call YouTube at 650-253-0000 and
make the same request there.

Make your voice heard!

* <http://productideas.appspot.com/#9/e=3d60a&t=ogg>

Holmes Wilson
Campaigns Manager
Free Software Foundation

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