Christopher Blizzard of Mozilla:
Safari and Chrome do apparently autobuffer by default, but he
incorrectly says that Firefox does as well. Just to be clear:
Firefox does not autobuffer by default, nor does it autoplay by
default. I’m not sure how his testing led him to believe that it
does, but I wrote up some examples to show that it does not.
I’m not sure how my testing led me to believe that Firefox auto-buffers by default, either. But looking at his test pages using Firefox now, it’s clear that I was wrong. Firefox honors the
autobuffer attribute, unlike Safari and Chrome. I very much regret the error, and have revised the original article accordingly.
★ Tuesday, 22 December 2009