What is required to get the embedded Ogg Vorbis/Theora media on Wikipedia to play back natively in Safari, assuming a clean, up-to-date OS X install?

The Wikipedia page for Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 can be used as an example. In Chrome, this page renders the following infobox:

Chrome screenshot

In Safari, this same excerpt renders as following:

Safari screenshot

  • Could you provide an example Wikipedia page, please? Feb 22, 2015 at 18:44
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    @MicahHummert Done!
    – NReilingh
    Feb 22, 2015 at 18:57
  • You wouldn't have any extensions installed that would interfere with it, would you? You can check under Safari > Preferences... > Extensions and look at the lefthand column. I'm asking because Safari should be able to play those files already - as long as you have iTunes installed. Feb 22, 2015 at 19:57
  • Doesn't this site tell you what you need for that? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Media_help_(audio_and_video) Feb 22, 2015 at 20:07
  • I did write this question over a year ago, and at that time the solutions in the Wikipedia help document did not work (they suggested obsolete software). I will try again, but does anyone actually have this working already?
    – NReilingh
    Feb 22, 2015 at 20:09

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Wikipedia is not directly using the HTML5 audio tag (which it should be) and is not supporting media in Safari at this time (likely due to it's lack of popularity) so It's recommended to use Chrome (which is basically safari that Google improved upon) or Firefox.

example page: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Libre_music


The "compatibility" layer (mw.PopUpMediaTransform) they are trying to use makes the audio tag after you click play but in safari it tries some java applet that breaks.

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