The Same Markup Utopia IE, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari and WebM Unknowns
The concept of same markup implies that users running different browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox Opera or Safari, can visit the same websites and get no differences for the content rendered, access video and audio seamlessly, enjoy the same experience with Cloud applications, etc. Same markup will blur the differences between browsers, with HTML, CSS, and script being rendered in the same way, without exception. Internet utopia? Perhaps.
Without a doubt, efforts from major browser vendors with the same markup goal in mind have never been more consistent. Mozilla, Opera, Chrome, Apple and Microsoft are embracing HTML5, CSS3, etc. with their browsers, or with future versions now cooking. Yet for all the efforts designed to help the web become interoperable there are barriers that seem impassable at times. And there continues to be a lack of consensus on some aspects of modern web standards that ultimately hurt web developers and end users.
One illustrative example in this regard is WebM
, an initiative backed by Google, Opera, Mozilla and others designed to provide an open, royalty-free, media file format for the web. WebM brings to the table “VP8
, a high-quality video codec we are releasing today under a BSD-style, royalty-free license; Vorbis, an already open source and broadly implemented audio codec; [and] a container format based on a subset of the Matroska media container,” from WebM’s description.