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July 27, 2011 / David Bleeker

Seven Reasons HTML5 Is Killing Flash

Today, more than 109 million mobile users have HTML5-ready browsers, but by 2016, more than 2.1 billion mobile users will be compatible, according to ABI Research. There remain significant details to work out, which could delay the final specification until as late as 2020. However, long before then, HTML5 features will be available that virtually obsolete Flash, as well as enable normal Website developers to create universal applications that run on any platform.

WebGL graphics provide HTML5 Websites with sophisticated effects, such as this globe launch pad, without the need for Adobe Flash or a native application.

According to ABI Research senior analyst, Mark Beccue, there will be 25 key HTML5 features available to most users over the next three to five years. Smarter Technology recently asked Beccue to pick the seven top features out of those 25 that will be most important to users. Here is his list… [read more]

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  1. Tomas / Jul 27 2011 8:46 am

    Try your first project and realize that html5 canvas or webgl does not work in the biggest browser IE. Html5 ready doesn’t mean it work the same across systems so you need to investigate if the target platforms support the features. So what is new on web development..??

  2. David Bleeker / Jul 29 2011 6:46 am

    True. HTML5 is not fully ready today, but given the focus of development over the next three to five years, it seems likely that Flash will suffer. Or at least the Flash Player. If Adobe was smart it would convert its Flash authoring system to produce HTML5. That way you get the benefit of the mature authoring environment and the standards-based runtime environment.

  3. David Bleeker / Jul 31 2011 11:46 pm

    Adobe Edge has been released, enabling developers to use the familiar timeline editor to produce effects in HTML5 and CSS. See Adobe unveils Edge for HTML5 for more information.

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