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

Bernard Aboba <bernard_aboba@hotmail.com> Thu, 27 June 2013 04:14 UTC

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

"If provided a lower level API that works without SDP where the 
individual network/media component wiring/attributes can be controlled, 
we could create the same WebRTC API that exists today'
[BA] I wouldn't require a shim to provide "the same WebRTC API that exists today" because that API is very underspecified, so that it is not possible to produce a set of conformance tests for it without reverse engineering.  And of course, that reverse engineered specification would only remain valid until the next set of SDP hacks invalidated it. 
So while the shim might provide a "similar high level WebRTC API", holding WebRTC API 2.0 to a "bug for bug" compatibility standard is neither feasible nor desirable.   The goal of WebRTC API 2.0 should be to deprecate 1.0, not to increase the WebRTC API implementation barriers even further.