The future of internet lies in HTML5!

By : |January 31, 2013 0

BANGALORE, INDIA: With no support for Flash on future versions of Android and iOS, it seems that most web administrators will have to change their websites over to HTML5 to cater to the exploding consumption of mobile media consumption. Once HTML5 gets ratified by the W3C, Adobe hopes it will provide the best cross-platform experience.

Q: Has Adobe been contributing to the progress with HTML5?
Burnett: Adobe has been doing a lot of work with the W3C and Webkit to help progress the specifications of HTML5. Apart from releasing a bunch of tools for use with HTML5, we’ve built two technologies for CSS called CSS exclusions and regions. We’ve given them over to W3C for the future specification of CSS 3. The new CSS technologies will work very well with HTML5 support, that is already present on many of modern browsers such as Chrome and Firefox.

Q: Will the CSS developments need ratification by W3C before deployment?
Burnett: We’ve got our own people in the committee for shaders and custom CSS filters, who are working to get the specifications done. However, my iPhone is running HTML5, before it has been ratified by the W3C. Browser manufacturers are not going to wait around until the W3C ratifies HTML5 and CSS3 technologies. Hence, we will see them in browsers before W3C officially ratifies them.

Q: Why has Adobe stopped development of Flash player on mobile platforms?
Burnett: We’ve discovered that when people use Flash, they usually use Flash for something that is very interactive and engaging. This kind of content usually falls under gaming. When consumers play games online in desktops, they tend to use Flash, but mobile phone users usually use browsers to surf more static content. They launch apps if they want to play a game. At Adobe, we took a while to recognize this trend. If you implement a game for a desktop web browser, it turns out brilliantly. However, it is quite difficult to optimize a Flash game for mobiles and so HTML5 is the best standard that will run across all your devices.

Q: But majority of media content online uses Flash? How will they move to HTML5?
Burnett: Most of the content online using Flash was made to be consumed over the desktop or notebook, not through a phone. Web administrators will update their sites and revamp Flash to HTML5, but there is no doubt it will take time. If you compare mobiles to traditional systems, they have less processing power so Flash content is not going to be efficient anyway. We’ve given over the support of Flash to the platforms itself, so they can continue to support the older versions if they want to. The future of browsers in mobile devices will be in HTML5, not Flash.

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