Commons talk:File types
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Support for OpenDocument file format upload
Please see Commons:Village_pump/Proposals#Support_for_OpenDocument_file_format_upload. Jean-Fred (talk) 14:08, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
- Unarchived and tracking added. The proposal is kept in the 2014-07 VPP archive, closed as no consensus. –Be..anyone (talk) 21:39, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
No easy way for playing MIDI files on Mac OS X
On Mac OS X 10.8+, there is no easy way for playing MIDI files in the browser since Quicktime support for MIDI files was dropped. MIDI files can be played using GarageBand, TiMidity++ or the legacy QuickTime 7. There is a hackish way for making your own browser plug-in from an 10.6 or 10.7 QuickTime  that involves using an outdated legacy plugin (really a very serious security issue). VLC for Mac cannot play MIDI files either, but there may be a way of building your own VLC FluidSynth plug-in .
The current project page says that MIDI files are “not very well supported”. May I suggest adding a sterner warning detailing that Mac OS X no longer supports MIDI? -- j. 'mach' wust | ✍ 14:44, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
- They're supported among musicians. I'm not sure that the issues that you raise will have much to do with MIDI files being allowed on Commons, since MIDI is the quasi-standard compact instructions-based music format, without significant competition in that role (certainly among free file formats). The difference between MIDI and waveform audio is like the difference between a player-piano roll and a CD -- or more abstractly, like the difference between a vector SVG image file and a JPEG... AnonMoos (talk) 22:25, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
- I did not want to question the benefits of MIDI. I would only suggest that we more strongly advise against using MIDI files, seeing users of a major OS will not be able to use those files unless they manually install third-party software. And there is no browser plugin, so the files have to be downloaded. That is quite different from OGG files: You can just click on them and they will play, right there in the browser. You don’t have to download anything, let alone install third-party software.
- But of course, the page already discourages using MIDI files and recommends OGG. 126.96.36.199 18:43, 5 April 2015 (UTC)