I’m very appreciative of the IE team’s attempts to make IE 9 more standards-compliant and implement some of the new stuff. But I don’t think they’ve quite got the hang of this “fallback” thing yet. This is their latest blog post on my Linux machine:
No, suggesting I install Silverlight is not within the spirit of HTML 5, standards and correct fallback. Certainly not without first providing Ogg or WebM versions of the video.
If I click the “Install Microsoft Silverlight” button, it gives me a big scary message about Silverlight not supporting my browser, and sends me off to install Moonlight. To see what would happen, I did install the latest stable Moonlight. That worked, but then I got a warning about this being a Silverlight 3 app which Moonlight may well not support properly yet. After that, I got a prompt to download the Microsoft Media Pack of codecs (presumably H.264, and proprietary software). So I stopped there. Hardly the seamless web experience that <audio> and <video> are supposed to provide… <sigh>
Do they really think that it will be some sort of earth-shattering precedent-setting or some sueable event if they were to provide Ogg or WebM versions? Come on, guys, flex a little bit.