I personally haven't seen WebM (VP8) or Dirac codecs for the web yet, but I can tell you for a fact that H.264 isn't exactly something new on the internet; Flash videos are nothing more than modified MP4 files that use H.264 compression.
As a matter of fact, one can simply rename an FLV file to an MP4 file; guaranteed, if you have the necessary H.264 codec installed on your computer, you will be able to play the video file.
Anyways, judging by the prevalence of Flash as a standard in internet applications (along with the fact that HTML 5 is still in an experimental stage,) I don't see HTML 5 sweeping the world wide web by storm (at least not yet). I doubt that a new format war will emerge as HTML 5 is actually supposed to eliminate the need for specific applet, video & audio formats to be used. An excellent example would be Google's 30th anniversary Pac-Man game, embedded in their logo.
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05 July 2010 at
01:21 AM by