Having read this
Why, what next. Worship my god and non other. Silly humans.
An "Occupy Flash" website is urging PC users to rip Adobe's ubiquitous media player off their computers and embrace HTML5. The Occupy Flash site describes its goal as ridding the world of Adobe's Flash Player plug-in because, it says, HTML5 has won the future of the web. Adobe earlier this month admitted it is no longer …
I'll do it in a, well, flash. Sorry about that. I resisted installing Flash on my computers for ages, but soon I had to give in. I'd love to switch to HTML5, I keep all my browsers up to date, ready for it.
Minor problem though - I'd lose most of the content that I view on the web e.g. the BBC, for the present time.
Soon though, I will relish the thought of no more Flash apps - the sooner the better.
Are you listening BBC, TVcatchup, 4OD...
(If any of those do work with HTML5, please correct me, and point me to other content sites that will work with HTML5)
Bob Whipple has a nice little chapter in the recent collection /From A to <A>/ on "The Evil Tags, <blink> and <marquee>", talking about their history, why hating them is so popular, and why some people were drawn to them in the first place. It's an insightful reflection on web aesthetics and why so much of the web is awful - but which parts are awful is rather subjective.
FWIW, I too hate <blink> and <marquee>, but I'm also not a fan of the "design invasion" of the web, and particularly of dominant trends like adapting the International Style from print, or glomming large pastel graphics over everything.
An occupy movement is not an occupy moment if it has a clear defined purpose.
Occupy protestors are people who rage against - anything.
Having a clear goal in mind makes one purposeful. The antithesis of a rabble that likes to destroy the tourism industry by residing on public thoroughfares.
Disappointingly it doesn't want to rid the web of HTML, which would be an entertaining notion, but vociferously supports maintaining the current status quo - something you'd hardly think necessary.
I will be launching my OccupyTxt website later today in a bid to rid the web of all this pernicious hyper-nonsense. It will of course be a PIA (that's 'poor-media interface application')
Depends how far ahead you want to look - by the time HTML5 moves from candidate to full recommendation (the target date is around 2023) the era of text hegemony will be over.....yet the analogue underpinning the future of primary content delivery well beyond is still grouping together little pieces of lead as far as W3C is concerned.
The "text hegemony" has been around for a few thousand years. I suspect it'll still be alive and well in 2023.
As with many technologies, we've heard predictions of the death of text for a while. None of them have been well-founded, or even well-considered.
And, frankly, the ratification of HTML5 as a W3C recommendation is pretty much moot, since even most of the standards drum-beaters have given up on the W3C's standardization process and hitched their wagons to the WHAT-WG horse and its "living standard". Think what you will of that (I think it's a pretty poor idea myself), it's what the implementors will be looking to.
That similar crass bunch means that for us to view video sites of copyrighted material on tablet/mobiles both we and the developers have to use APPS.
But hey Apple and Microsoft ultra-books at $1000 a pop will manage it while your $200 ice cream sandwich has already melted
I expect a shower of down votes (or at least two or three)
This has to be a joke, right?
If not, then these folks are *complete and utter* numpties.
FFS, you can just choose either to install or not install the Flash plugin in the first place = freedom of choice.
Secondly, HTML5 *still* can't do a great deal of the heavy multimedia lifting that Flash is capable of.
I'll *massively* agree that for 99% of uses, Flash should be replaced by HTML5,
But for the 1% of uses where it really brings a website to life, online gaming, rich media interaction - you name it, the list goes on.
Flash *still* has it's place online and anyone who would argue otherwise, is a complete and utter ... Numpty, or just a really really boring person with a neck beard.
Just get yourself Flashblock = job done = you can still use Flash for sites that use it *properly*
... it's the content creators. As long as there are sites whose content uses FLASH you will have users who will use FLASH enabled browsers.
I don't go to the BBC because they have FLASH on it. I go to the BBC site to get news and information. Unfortunately they like FLASH so I have to have it enabled to get full benefit from the site.
Mind you what I *can* do it email bbc on a regular basis asking them to look at moving to HTML5, but until they decide it's a technology mature enough to use, it won't happen.
while there are many good reasons that the world would be better off if Flash were to be "retired" saldy HTML5 is not yet mature enough to take it's place...
More importantly the video world - as folks have already noted the youTube experience isn't quite there yet - the <video> tag puts us back 5 years... no adaptive streaming (HLS, Smooth, DASH), heck not even one default codec (h264, WebM, Ogg anyone?), no DRM and not even support for basic encryption witha secure keystore (so don't expect to watch anything the Studios want to monetize... the AES128 support in HLS is about the minimum they'll go for in streaming only, SD resolution), and finally no Live streaming support so forget concert and sports coverage on the web (or even breaking news). Even things like playlists (ASX, PLS formats) are ont supported unless you want to roll your own (eg a .PLS loader - http://post.offbeatmammal.com/pushing-pls-into )
HTML5 has much goodness, and browser support is improving but the spec needs some refinement in certain areas and the browser posse need to work a bit more on the common ground... maybe Flash will disappear quicker than IE6 but then again maybe it'll find a niche and be with us for a long time to come..
... I wasn' t convinced that HTML 5 could create fully blown dynamic graphical web sites and applications on a par with Flash just yet, but having looked at the amazing HTML 5 features they've managed to get running on that site consider my mind blown and my luddite, stuck in the past, views fully dispelled. Excellent work fellas!
Their aim will be achieved As soon as porn switch to HTML5 or alternative. Otherwise Flash is here to stay. In the interests of 'research' (ahem), I did find a site that required Silverlight. "Fools!".
Whilst Flash keeps on delivering Riko Tachibana goodness, "out of my cold, dead hands" comes to mind. This from an iPad2 fanboy!
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