Why Flash Is Dead, Why HTML 5 Is Thriving and Why It’s Important For Your Business To Know About It.

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Flash, a technology owned and licensed by Adobe, is the programming language used by programmers to enable web sites and other media to display more visually engaging web pages.

HTML 5 is a competing technology, which is an open standard (not owned by anyone) which enables programmers to also display visually engaging web pages. Although there are some differences and limitations in what HTML 5 can display, compared to Adobe, the differences to many users are not so big.

Many developers have been using HTML 5 for some time now in favor of Flash, but with Adobe announcing that it is no longer developing Flash for mobile devices, the days of Flash are coming quickly to an end.

The New York Times writes:

Some 34% of the 100 most popular websites used HTML5 in the quarter ended in September, according to binvisions.com, a blog that tracks Web technologies. Resume searches by hiring managers looking for HTML5 expertise more than doubled between the first quarter and the third quarter, according the tech job site Dice.com.

The excitement has spread despite the fact that HTML5 is missing some key features. Many users, moreover, won’t notice striking differences from websites that use Flash.

One of the big differences with HTML 5 and Adobe Flash, other than programming differences, is that with Flash you have to download a Flash player to view Flash content. With HTML 5, your web browser can understand HMTL 5, with no additional software needed.

So what does this mean for your business?

As you look to upgrade your next web site and you are working with your developer to consider if you should use Flash or not. So many users are buying iPads, it makes sense to really consider if Flash is the best way to go. For sure in the coming months and years its use will decline in favor of HTML 5.

In what was a big factor in the decline of Flash: Apple (Steve Jobs) decided NOT to let iPads support Flash so Apple would not be dependent on Adobe. In hindsight it was a smart move. Here’s a note from him on Flash.

Having said that, listen to your web developer (assuming she’s GOOD) about which technology is best for your web site. There are so many variables in determining which programming language is best for your web site and how well a programming is coding it.

For a more detailed explanation of Flash vs HTML 5 and other languages read this post on ZD Net.

5 thoughts on “Why Flash Is Dead, Why HTML 5 Is Thriving and Why It’s Important For Your Business To Know About It.

  1. Anonymous

    “assuming she’s GOOD” 

    How *ussified is that? But, you’re one of the “gooooooood people”. You’ve overcome the sexism of using “he”. You probably also refer to God as “she” so people will think you’re so much more enlightened than others. What a freakin’ joke.

    • Ramon Ray

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I do UNDERSTAND (I think) your overall thoughts on the word “she” here. My comments are in no way a “sexism” thing (trust me I’m as far from PC as they come!) but just my attempt to acknowledge that there are plenty of grade lady programmers out there too. That’s all. And no – God for sure is a guy in my Book 🙂 – thanks again.

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    • MrSquirrel

      It also stuck out like a sore thumb to me (whenever I read that), typically I would use “they’re” or “he/she is”.

      • rdgtalk

        I also prefer that approach. I tend to use s/he in writing to be inclusive. I just have a thing about all the PC lately. It’s like on TV (doesn’t matter whether its a commercial or program), they now have a defacto order of who is going to be the stupid one. Starting from the brightest to the stupidest, its’ 1) black female, 2) black male, 3) any minority race female, 4) any minority race male, 5) white woman, 6) white guy. Oh, sorry, white guy, you get to be the dumb ass in every situation, just so we can prove we’re enlightened.

  2. ConvertMyFlash

    Another great reason to convert your Flash site into HTML5.

    In case you weren’t aware, Flash sites :

    – Don’t work on 250 MILLION iPhones & iPads.
    – They are unusable to 1 BILLION SmartPhone Users.
    – Don’t fully show up on Google Search.
    – Content is Not Shareable on Facebook & Twitter.
    – Are not SEO Optimized.

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    We convert FLASH sites into HTML5 sites ( powered by WordPress ) in just 72hrs. 

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