Re: [rtcweb] Proposal for a JS API for NoPlan (adding multiple sources without encoding them in SDP)

Martin Thomson <martin.thomson@gmail.com> Tue, 18 June 2013 04:01 UTC

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On 17 June 2013 19:54, Robin Raymond <robin@hookflash.com>; wrote:

>
> On a side note, I agree that SDP should go (and quickly) but it's not the
> format that's the problem. Granted, it is obtuse. But it's not just that;
> it's a monolithic do-everything offer/answer model that offers very little
> control and the API to control the browser's RTC is effectively via
> manipulation of the SDP. Yuck! Even if it were fancier and prettier JSON,
> it would still be an ugly do-everything monolithic object with a sketchy
> offer/answer model that is brittle and offered very little real-scenario
> controls for those whom need it. It's absolutely horrible and is in good
> need of quick deprecation.


I think that this sums up my views on the subject.  Offer/answer is at the
heart of this.  SDP is just the ugly wrapper that attracts all the heat.
SDP isn't so bad if you are doing SAP.  Of course, once you drop O/A, then
you have to build something else.

I made a start at that, but I caution, this approach was soundly rejected:
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-webrtc/2012Oct/att-0076/realtime-media.html

No matter how right you are, the political reality is that it's not cool to
raise comment 22.