Interesting article on HTML 5 and Flash

I just read an interesting article posted by Greg Wilson about the current debate about Flash and HTML 5. While I understand the widespread excitement about something new happening in the world of HTML (it’s been a long time coming), I am surprised by the amount of noise around how HTML 5 will be the Flash killer.  Seriously?!?! I know it’s been a long time since HTML 4, but have we all forgotten the issues around browser fragmentation and compatibility issues? With newer browsers like Chrome in addition to the fragmentation of versions of IE and Firefox for example just screams of managing multiple implementations.

Don’t get me wrong, I truly believe that HTML 5 is a great thing. The more you commoditize features, the more vendors like Adobe have to innovate. Everyone wins. HTML 5 and Flash go hand in hand like HTML 4 and Flash do today. I especially like Greg’s analogy of using Flash to replace all your <IMG/> tags. That is absurd. Just as absurd as thinking that HTML 5 will provide everything Flash can do consistently across browsers and OSes.

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  1. I am an open-minded Flash developer. Yesterday out of curiosity I clicked on a blog post link that was to show me a cool javascript animated menu. When I arrived there with my Firefox browser I was greeted with a message that IE 6+ was need for this effect. It reminded me of why as a developer I chose to focus on Flash.

  2. JNT says:

    Same here! The idea of a standard markup language is great – if only the browser’s implementations would keep the promise the ‘standard’ pretends. Because todays web business is too much hype-driven and so many lemmings follow every bullshit-bingo-buzzword-marketing we’ll get back to the old days: Customers will have to pay a lot more for web-based software due to endless browser adaptations. A wonderful waste of time and resources. Not to mention JavaScript as a ‘programming language’, artificially accelerated in order to be further misused for purposes it wasn’t invented for. So competing browsers with different grades of HTML5 support will show the efficiency of the Flash platform even more (write software _once_ and deploy it anywhere) – a pseudo-standard like Flash comes closer to the idea of a real standard than a well-intentioned but badly implemented concept.