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The HTML5 hype - is Flash really dead?

The HTML5 hype - is Flash really dead?
The HTML5 hype - is Flash really dead?
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Having too many choices is sometimes  not very helpful. Unfortunately, developers always have to face such a confusing situation. We have already discussed such a dilemma in our PHP vs. ASP.NET article. Today, we will answer one of the similar issues, which is quite important for those who aspire to be a web designer or have newly entered this arena. It is the good old HTML5 versus the Flash debate.

The problem is important because most new designers and developers are confused about whether they should choose to learn HTML5 or master Flash. Ever since HTML5 was announced, people have been skeptical about the future of Flash. For many people, HTML5 has killed Adobe Flash and there really isn't any gain in sticking to the obsolete. Then there are those who think that Flash still has its unbeatable aspects that ensure it will reclaim its throne once again.

For tech gurus, it's hard to be unbiased as most of their opinion is based on their own experience and comfort zone. For newbies, it gets even more baffling. So, here we have tried to present an unbiased comparison of the competitors. Let's get started.

Adobe Flash - the goods

For years, Flash has remained the poster boy super hero of the web designing and development world. It is considered single handedly responsible for taking interactive and attractive websites to a whole new height.

  • Flash allows you to present highly professional looking websites with a lot of creative freedom.
  • From advertising point of view, Flash allows easy incorporation of ads and banners.
  • Flash is also great when it comes to securing the rights of the developers. Adobe, as always, strongly advocates the digital rights management.
  • It is still used by more than 85 percent of websites.

The bads

  • Search engine optimization doesn't seem like something Flash is very familiar with.
  • Flash still has compatibility issues with a lot of mobile devices.
  • The use of plug-ins can make Flash a bit too complicated for beginners.

HTML5 - the goods

There is way too much hype over HTML5. Of course, in the tech world the new comer's advantage weighs more than the first comer's advantage. While HTML itself predates Flash, the older versions weren't really in the same league as Flash. There wasn't a real multimedia support. But HTML5 changed it all. Moreover, it is free and pro open-source programmers cannot help being unbiased.

  • The best thing about HTML5 is that it ends the plug-in hassle and hence enhances user-friendliness.
  • While there isn't a huge difference in the performance, HTML5 is actually great at hardware acceleration.
  • HTML5 is compatible with most mobile devices and systems.
  • It's highly SEO friendly because the content is seen as plain text by the spiders.

The bads

  • One of the biggest cons of HTML5 comes from the fact that it is open-source. So, digital rights management kind of takes the back seat here. However, it can be managed through special servers and settings if required.
  • Since it is a newcomer, it is still a long way from getting as much browser support as Flash already has.

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Discussion (total 6 comments)

September 30, 2013 at 04:07 am
Flash is not supported by Apple; iPhone doesn't support Flash. This is a very big con for Flash.

In the other hand it's very easy to make nice things in Flash. In HTML5 you have to type the code but in Flash you have a UI which speeds things up a lot.
September 30, 2013 at 04:31 am
@Versus: I don't think this was a very valid comment...
"Apple" does support Flash.
You can run and build flash sites (and AIR apps) on a mac very well.
iOS however, does not support the Flash Player Browser plugin.
Android has a mobile version of the Flash Player, but Adobe has stopped development of this.

"Adobe Flash", the application which is often (but far from always) used to build Flash applications, nowadays also exports to HTML5 if you like, so you have the exact same UI and tools as you have for Flash, and it works just as fast.
You can even replace the ActionScript code with Javascript and Google Dart.
September 30, 2013 at 06:28 am
i think flash already seo friendly for google, google crawler already can read action script on flash, but not max, i think the best seo still use html
October 01, 2013 at 01:06 pm
Adobe dropped flash support for all mobile devices some time ago. As far as digital rights. It looks like Netflix may have ironed it out.. http://www.extremetech.com/computing/159960-netflix-switches-from-silverlight-to-html5-in-windows-8-1-reduces-cpu-usage-dramatically
Altaf Hussain
November 11, 2013 at 07:19 am
Flash make website load slower and when it comes to seo its good not to use flash.
@bubu flash is not seo friendly in my opinion.
December 24, 2014 at 07:21 pm
Excellently written and well balanced article. Hope to see more non-biased discussion on this topic.

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