[uf-discuss] RFC: sHTML Video Thumbnailing

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis bhawkeslewis at googlemail.com
Mon May 28 17:07:19 PDT 2007

Charles Iliya Krempeaux wrote:

> It's the "cite" attribute that gives it value.
> It lets me bind a set of thumbnails together (as being from the same
> "video") while allowing the thumbnails to be all over the place (and
> not necessarily in some container element, like a <span> or something,
> which binds them together).
> (Did that make sense?  Did I explain that well?  Or would an example help?)

Ah, I see your problem. It's not pretty, but until HTML-next comes to 
town how about either of the following hacky solutions:

1. Using <cite> then trying to hide it

<span class="video-still"><img 
src="http://www.example.com/thumbnail.jpg" alt="Still: Dorothy 
encounters the Lion"><span class="full-video">(<cite 
class="full-video">(<a href="http://www.example.com/video">Wizard of 

with CSS:

@media all {
.full-video {display:none;speak:none;height:0;visibility:hidden;width:0}

If the citation is not hidden, it's not the end of the world: it still 
makes sense. Thanks to buggy treatment of display:none, I think 
mainstream screen readers will fail to read it even though they ignore 



2. Using <object>

<object class="video-still" type="image/jpeg" 
<param name="full-video" value="http://www.example.com/video" 
Still: Dorothy encounters the Lion.

Both would need some testing though.

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis

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