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7th round : flash gets weaker ; html5 gets ahead of it

Created during 90’s, Adobe Flash is used for showing animate and playing video. With the passing years, Adobe became a website mainstay and wanted to go on impose its leadership by investing in mobile platform.

It was in 2008.

Apple launched iPhone and Steve Jobs famously wrote a pages-long manifesto about why he would not allow Adobe Flash to work on Apple mobile devices. We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods, and iPads by adding Flash,” the Apple CEO firmly stated.Flash is too much energy-guzzling and vulnerable to virus and malware.
At the beginning of July 2015, we have a new confirmation of those facts: Adobe had to ask itself to users to temporarily put off Flash.A series of previously unknown, or “zero-day,” Flash vulnerabilities that were released into the wild over the past week, the result of Italian spyware vendor Hacking Team getting royally hacked.

In 2008, Android chooses to put Flash on their devices for, finally, change course some years after.Youtube, Vimeo, Flicker and others dropped default support for Flash in favor of HTML5.Due to the spate of recent security risks, Firefox temporarily suspended Flash.

Does the Internet really need Adobe Flash?

Security analyst and blogger Graham Cluley, for one, says no: “The truth is that the company would probably gain a lot more respect from the internet community if it worked towards this ultimate fix for the Flash problem, rather than clinging on to the belief that it might be able to one day make Flash secure,” he wrote on his blog. “As it is, the only people who truly seem to love Adobe Flash these days are the criminals themselves.”
Alex Stamos, Facebook security chief, wrote via a couple of tweets “It is time for Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash and to ask the browsers to set killbits”—meaning instructions to disable the software—”on the same day”.
Steve Jobs said, in 2010, “the future is for HTML5“[…]“Flash was born during the PC era, for PC with mice […]But mobile era, it’s low energy, touch screen, web standards; Flash fails with all of them”.

Since September, banners in Flash are no longer in auto-play with Chrome. You have to click on a play button. GIF is not responsive ; the easier solution is to migrate to HTML5.
Banners in Flash was created by webdesigners, doing banners in HTML5, it’s a job of an integrator.

Adobe Flash is dead. Long live HTML5 !

HTML5 is a core technology markup language of the Internet used for structuring and presenting content for the World Wide Web. As of October 2014 this is the final and complete fifth revision of the HTML standard of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The previous version, HTML 4, was standardized in 1997. Its core aims have been to improve the language with support for the latest multimedia while keeping it easily readable by humans and consistently understood by computers and devices (web browsers, parsers, etc.). Many features of HTML5 have been built with the consideration of being able to run on low-powered devices such as smartphones and tablets. HTML5 is also a potential candidate for cross-platform mobile applications.

Maybe it is time for Adobe to schedule a date on the chopping block for Flash. That’d sure put a smile on Stamos’ face. No doubt the late Jobs would be pleased, too.

If you want to know more about HTML5 by the W3C :  http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/

An another link for test if your browser is compatible with HTML5:  http://html5test.com/

flash VS HTML5

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