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[News] How Flash Harms Free Access to Culture, Standards Increasingly Advanced Instead

  • Subject: [News] How Flash Harms Free Access to Culture, Standards Increasingly Advanced Instead
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 02 Feb 2010 11:07:19 +0000
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Save "Sita Sings the Blues" from the Flash format: can you convert FLA?

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| Nina Paleyâs âSita Sings the Bluesâ is 
| becoming a huge critical success, and may 
| even succeed financially, which is unusual 
| for any independent film, but virtually 
| unprecedented for free culture films 
| (âSitaâ was released under the CC By-SA). 
| Thereâs only one sad thing about this for 
| free software fans, and thatâs that âSitaâ 
| was made using proprietary software, and 
| the âsource codeâ is in a proprietary 
| format: Adobe Flashâs âFLAâ format, to be 
| precise. Paley has posted these files on 
| the Internet Archive, but she doesnât know 
| how to translate them into any free 
| software friendly format (and neither do 
| I). Can you help?


DK: Danish state administrations to use ODF 

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| The Danish parliament and the Danish 
| minister for Science this morning agreed 
| that the Danish state administrations 
| should use open standards, including the 
| Open Document Format (ODF), starting on 1 
| April 2011. A formal vote on the agreement 
| is planned for next Tuesday. 


Denmark to switch to Open Document Format.



TML5 video and codecs

,----[ Quote ]
| Recently, Vimeo and YouTube announced that they
| were moving to support the HTML5 video tag, as
| DailyMotion did last summer. This is an
| important step in making video a first-class
| citizen of the modern web, and that is great
| news. Unlike DailyMotion, however, Vimeo and
| YouTube chose to rely on the patented H.264
| video encoding, rather than an unencumbered
| encoding like Ogg Theora. This means that the
| <video> pages on those sites will not work with
| Firefox.


Better video quality with html 5

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| The proprietary flash player has left alot to be
| desired for Linux and Apple users. Especially if
| you are running with accelerated 3d and with
| compiz fusion. Finally it is possible to watch
| youtube videos in html 5 format instead of the
| flash player. And I have found an easy way to
| take advantage of this new feature. This
| experience for me at least has been so much
| better. No more low quality jerky video, but
| instead with html 5 the video can be viewed in
| high definition and still be smooth.

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