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jensend
post Feb 15 2013, 21:33
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Thought I should start a thread for people to post links where people can voice their requests for Opus support.

The one that got me thinking about this is caniuse.com, a well-known site which shows the version history and marketshare of support for various browser features. Nice tool for webmasters etc. It has pages for the <video> tag and particular video codecs (H264,WebM,Theora), but when I went looking to see what it said about <audio> support, I found it had a table for the tag but not for audio codecs, instead linking to 2-3 year old outdated articles about codec support. Then I saw that someone had created a feature request for adding an Opus <audio> support table. That'd help people make informed decisions about using Opus in the browser.

Plenty of other pages out there where people have made Opus support feature requests, and I thought it might be nice to collect them and point people to them. Some of these are longer shots than others, and some organizations are less responsive to such input than others, but you never know.

In the absence of pages that display feature requests and allow people to vote or comment on them, people could simply coordinate about other forms of contact. (e.g. "I just sent suggestions@foo.com an email about Opus support; here's what I said about why it makes sense for them, and if you'd also be interested you could drop them a line too.")

A few requests I'd seen before that were the first to come up in a search were Spotify, Steam, and Windows Phone.
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RobertM
post Feb 17 2013, 09:35
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Just want to voice my full support for the Opus codec and this forum seems like the best place to do it. I've been tracking the progress of Opus since I first heard about it in late 2012. The work being done is fantastic and will be a huge benefit to the entire web.

It's also great to see such energy and dedication in tracking down and eradicating bugs in the encoder, as evident from the other threads in this forum. Wish that I had the knowledge to help out, but I'm very much an amateur when it comes to audio expertise. However, if there's ever a point at which the project needs volunteers, I'm sure there are many more lurkers like me ready to jump in and help where needed.

Keep up the good work! Huge thanks to all of the individuals and companies that helped bring the project to this point.
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