Thursday, November 24, 2011

Occupy Flash, Meet Occupy HTML

Earlier this week, we ran the news about an anonymous movement called Occupy Flash that wanted all of us to uninstall Flash for our PC’s in favor of HTML5. It drew a lot of debate whether it’s feasible or not. But someone decided to launch a counter movement in support of Flash and here’s the result.

Their message is this:

Flash is mature. It’s supported by all major desktop browsers. It’s stable when used properly. If not, it crashes a lot, just like every other technology. It requires constant security updates, just like every other web technology. It doesn’t work well on most mobile devices, and for good reasons. It’s a content plugin, developed during the era of closed standards and unilateral corporate control of web technology. Websites that rely on Flash can present a unique (and often unparalleled) experience for the massive percentage of users on a desktop browser. Flash powers some amazing experiences that work consistently across all of the major browsers in a way that cannot be replicated without Flash technology.

The site looks exactly the same as that one, and I somewhat agree with this statement. Flash may be buggy and may cause issues with places, but it enables a lot of rich content and has worked out during the years. If it was broken, it would’ve been replaced with something better a long time ago. It wasn’t, and it still runs fine with a lot of major applications depending on it. Hell, you can’t even use fullscreen on video in HTML5 yet. Of course, HTML will catch up with Flash at SOME point but the point isn’t now. Flash is still here to stay for a couple of years at least.

What do you think?

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