At last! BBC News embeds video in pages
This may not be the first page to feature it, but it’s the first I’ve seen.
First it’s great to see embedded video on the news website – it’s so much less hassle than opening the restrictive ‘Media Selector’. Secondly, it’s Flash, so it just works!
Please allow me a brief ‘told you so’ moment, I so rarely get them.
Some years ago, colleagues (John Angeli, Jon Kossmann, Asha Oberoi) and I earnestly tried to tell those in power at the time that Flash was a platform worthy of further development.
We even produced our own ‘skunkworks’ flash video site (now updated) to show that :
a) it worked
b) it was simple
c) you could do far more interesting interactive elements than you could within the video codecs in use at the time.
See if you agree: BBC News Iraq Special