Mozilla Foundation, the publishers of the Firefox web browser, have backed down on a decision not to use the H.264 video standard or the HTML5 video tag, bringing industry standard video across all web browsers a step closer.
The announcement, made in a blog by Mozilla Foundation chair Mitchell Baker, means that Firefox will be able to use any video standard supported by the underlying operating system, including H.264.
H.264 is a high definition video standard supported by BluRay, HDTV, Apple QuickTime and YouTube.
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However, it was previously not supported by the Mozilla Foundation on the grounds that it was covered by patents, making it difficult to integrate into a free and open source web browser such as Firefox.