[vlc-devel] [lua] Proposal for a standard-included playlistscript...

Guy Perkins me at atdotmedotuk.me.uk
Wed Aug 15 21:13:37 CEST 2012


I fail to see why we need to encourage a client side script installation
for this. This can be done via DHTML/XML within the browser session on
page code alone, which would appear to be a far more secure and privacy
friendly approach.
Unless I have missed or missunderstood something.


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:vlc-devel-bounces at videolan.org] On Behalf Of John Oyler
Sent: 14 August 2012 17:02
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Subject: Re: [vlc-devel] [lua] Proposal for a standard-included

On Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 10:29 AM, Rémi Denis-Courmont <remi at remlab.net>
> Le lundi 13 août 2012 06:23:28 John Oyler, vous avez écrit :
>> Wouldn't have to be link tags, but they seem like the right sort. As 
>> for "something special"... the playlist I linked to would be capable 
>> of installing such, but for a few disabled scripting features.
> I don't think it's correct to install content from <link>. Normally, 
> the website owner ought to be able to refresh it.

It could just as easily be any tag, even a non-standard one. But as I
understand the html specs, links are for linked content that a
webbrowser user isn't meant to click on to download or go to a new page.
That's why it's used for things like favicons and stylesheets.

I don't have any fantasy of Youtube putting such a tag on their own
page, but many smaller websites might do such. I have in mind a more
particular purpose...

If you can send a VLC user to any arbitrary webpage, say for instance
abcxyz.com, and when they control-N and put in that url, this playlist
script sees the link tag and downloads/installs the playlist script for
abcxyz.com, then that website can become a sort of tv channel. Let's say
that they only have one video on the page (which doesn't even have to
display... maybe there's no Flash player), VLC starts playing that
video. A second link can also load, but instead of a video, it just
links back to the same page self-referentially. So after playing the
video, it reloads the page, and the website dynamically changes the
video link. And this will play until the user stops it. The videos don't
even have to be from the same site... if you put a link to a Youtube
video, when the playlist script loads "http://youtube.com/watch?=xxx",
then the youtube.lua picks up on that, loads that video.

I have this working, by the way (other than that the users have to
install my playlist manually). If anyone wants to check it out, install

And then open this:

Give me a nudge though, I don't have anything scheduled for today.
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