11 Jun 2005 Burgundavia   » (Journeyer)

Ogg's big mistake

I really like ogg and the guys at the Xiph foundation. They have provided us with free and good codecs for video and audio.

But they also made one big, giant, glaring mistake:

.ogg as a file extension for both video and audio.

Why is this a mistake?

Well, to put it quite simply, it confuses users and computers. Users get confused because they can't tell what is a video and what is a audio. Case in point, I downloaded Jdub's excellent 10x10 speech. If I didn't have video thumbnailing, I wouldn't know that it is a video.

Computer get confused as well. Nautilus attempts to do a sound preview of the file, as it cannot tell the difference between the ogg audio and the ogg video.

Now, it is not too late Xiph! You can define a .ogv extension for video and leave .ogg for audio alone. Please, it is a simple thing to do.

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