Firefox 3.1 beta 1 adds support for OGG formats

Big boost to the PlayOGG campaign coming from Firefox:

This is the first beta from Mozilla to include support for <video> and the <audio> elements. This beta includes support for the OGG Theora and OGG Vorbis formats on all platforms.

It’s going to be easier to use this format if millions of users will be able to play it without adding additional plugins. This is really a major milestone for open standards on the web. The pressure on patented formats like the whole MPEG4 family will increase.

More juicy details about FF beta 1 on Firefox 3.1 beta 1 – an overview of features for web developers.





  1. There’s this curious coincidence of the beta coming while news sources are debating about new release of Macromedia Flash player and the Silverlight counterpart, set to compete for the same enhanced web experience. Wonder how moving the basic but essential part, like audio-video playback is, of this enhanced content into the standardized area is going to impact on it.

  2. I believe that HTML5 and W3C will be the next big, huge, fighting ground: imagine the uber-patent-friendly Flash or Silverlight are going to be obsoleted by a patent-free format? We’ll see it either silently boycotted, like SVG, or there will be real blood, like at the ISO with OOXML.