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One would think...

...but apparently not if one is a Windows Media Player developer responsible for Mozilla plugins...

...not that the QuickTime folks at Apple are doing any better.

Both players can play .avi files. The standard .avi mime-type is video/x-msvideo. My server (and my Gallery2 implementation) send the proper mime type when embedding an .avi file.


Neither the Windows Media Player plugin for Windows Mozilla nor the Quicktime plugin for Windows Mozilla list video/x-msvideo as a supported mime-type. Even though Mozilla's documentation says they should.

Piss me off.

There's a workaround (involving finding the file in the pageinfo and downloading it) and a hack (involving changing the plugin registration file, but it didn't work for me). Not happy.


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Sep. 21st, 2005 10:52 am (UTC)
Use the filename, Luke...
If you're dealing with restarded Windows systems, it's often best to include the filename in the headers. Lots of Windows stuff works better (or only) if you do it that way.

Yes, yes, it's very retarded. And trust me, on my personal stuff I just leave a note saying that you should complain to your vendor if it doesn't work :-( But for my work stuff, I just make it work.
Sep. 21st, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Use the filename, Luke...
It's all there. Mimetype is correct, fileext is correct.

Safari (on the mac) does fine displaying the embedded file using the QuickTime plugin. IE (on win, I hate IE) does a fine job displaying the embedded file using the WMP plugin.

Firefox says it doesn't have the proper plugin for video/x-msvideo and when it searches for a plugin that supports that mimetype, it finds nothing. When I check the "about:plugins" uri, it lists all my plugins, but none of them list "video/x-msvideo" for a supported mimetype or "avi" for a supported fileext.
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