<video> and the Open Web

Desktop Applications, Mozilla, Programming
Location: Ballroom A1
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Using the tag in HTML5, developers can do all sorts of things that are hard or impossible with plugins. In this presentation, Mozilla’s Mark Surman and Asa Dotzler paint a picture of the open video future and demo the cool stuff you can do with web video when it’s properly integrated with a page. They will also outline the challenges ahead as we improve codecs and build out the toolchain for open video.

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Mark Surman

Mozilla Foundation

Mark Surman is executive director of the Mozilla Foundation. His job is to help people who want to make the internet better. Before Mozilla, Mark was a fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation and founding director of telecentre.org. He lives in Toronto, where he spends a fair bit of time banging a drum about all things open. Mark blogs at: http://commonspace.wordpress.com.

Asa Dotzler


Asa Dotzler (pronounced /ˈeɪsə ˈdɒtslɚ/), born in Tennessee on June 5, 1974, is best known for his work as community coordinator for several Mozilla projects. He was an early member of Mozilla’s Quality Assurance (QA) and Testing Program, which grew under his leadership from just a few contributors when Dotzler joined the project to tens of thousands of volunteers today.

Dotzler is co-founder and community coordinator for the Spread Firefox project, launched in October 2004, where he spearheads open source marketing projects. Spread Firefox is charged with empowering Firefox community members to raise awareness of the popular web browser. He also works with drivers@mozilla.org, the project management group at Mozilla, to define requirements and development roadmaps for the Mozilla projects.

Dotzler has been an active member of the Mozilla community since 1998. After volunteering for more than a year, Dotzler joined the Mozilla organization, and has played a key role in delivering products including the release of Mozilla 1.0 and the release of the Mozilla Firefox web browser and Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail and usenet client.

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