Auto-Buffering Video in Firefox

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