YUI Theater — Scott Schiller: “Probably, Maybe, No: The State Of HTML5 Audio” (51 min.)

By YUI TeamJune 29th, 2011

Flickr engineer Scott Schiller speaks at the 2011 F2E Summit at Yahoo! HQ in Sunnyvale, CA.

Flickr’s Scott Schiller provides a history of audio in the browser and discusses the current state of native <audio>, including browser support, its spec, the ongoing format wars, and how you might implement audio in project work today.

Other Recent YUI Theater Videos:

  • Jenny Donnelly: Introduction to Git — From the Yahoo! F2E Summit (our internal developer conference) earlier this year, YUI engineering manager Jenny Donnelly (@jennyd) gives an introduction to Git and how to use it in the real world, including branching and committing, a typical git workflow, merge vs rebase, and tips and tricks that will make your life easier.
  • Dav Glass: — From the Yahoo! F2E Summit (our internal developer conference) earlier this year, YUI engineer Dav Glass (@davglass) explores how to use YUI on Node.js to build server-side projects, including scripts, crontabs, daemons, etc.
  • Satyen Desai: ‘A Phone, a Tablet and a Laptop Walk into a Bar…’ — YUI’s Approach to Mobile Web Development — Satyen Desai, creator of the YUI 3 component and widget subsystems, discusses YUI’s approach to supporting the new set of web enabled devices on the market today, and how we’d like to think of them in terms of features and constraints as opposed to an isolated problem space.
  • Luke Smith: YUI 3: Below the Surface — Luke Smith, a YUI team engineer, delivers one of the most highly rated talks at YUIConf 2010, looking inside some of the core patterns and infrastructure pieces that lie at the heart of YUI 3.
  • Ryan Grove: Introducing YUI 3 AutoComplete — In this talk from YUIConf 2010, YUI 3 AutoComplete author Ryan Grove takes you on a whirlwind tour of some of the many autocomplete patterns made possible by this component and provides a deep dive into its powerful new YQL integration, filtering, and highlighting capabilities.


  1. It’s a talk about audio from Scott the expert, but the L&R tracks in the mp4 video are out of phase! Painful to listen to. Aaargh.

  2. Yes, audio is off. Irony.

  3. Why on earth would you embed a 700mb video? Chrome crashed twice trying to play this, and I realized the file size only when I decided to download this.

  4. Seriously guys, talking about HTML5 media, yet your theather cannot be accessed from non-flash device… Mp4 link does not open on iOS, probably no streaming support on server side.
    Great talks on edge technologies available only on desktop.
    Why don’t you use mediaelement.js or alike to make it more accessible?

  5. @Rory, @Bernard

    Indeed! We’ll be revamping YUI Theater as part of our overall site design. Stay tuned!