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The Web without Flash is getting closer

Tech evolution means the Web may already be ready to forget Flash.

The Internet has been a constant presence in the lives of individuals and daily dealings of companies for over a decade now, but the ways in which users engage with it are always changing. When it comes to developing content for online spaces, it's important to take an active interest in this evolution. Creating materials that obey older rules may put off viewers and cause them to reject the items before giving them a chance. By staying current, businesses can show that they understand Internet distribution. The latest development concerns the language in which multimedia is displayed. A general movement of Flash to HTML5 conversion has changed the fabric of the Web.

Farewell to Flash
A recent Gizmodo article took a bold position in the Flash vs. HTML5 debate: The source stated the battle is as good as over, and there's no need to stick with Flash. The time to disable the latter technology is now, the piece posited, and a mass exodus away from Flash may help the movement to HTML5 reach completion. The presented argument against Flash has two poles, namely its security flaws and lack of relevance. Users may be able to overlook the former point in some cases, but the latter one means they don't have to.

Gizmodo suggested there are many types of exploits available today for Flash. That means browsers may be safer if they simply turn off the plugin. Many of the problems have high danger scores, according to the National Vulnerability Database. The source noted there was a Flash exploit discovered on celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's website, indicating there are actual plans afoot to compromise computers through their Flash players. With pressures such as these present in the Internet space, it won't be surprising if the movement to remove Flash accelerates, meaning companies still creating Flash content will be reaching a limited audience.

The rise of methods of multimedia transfer that don't share Flash's weaknesses has come at the right time. Gizmodo explained there are fewer reasons to keep Flash active than before, as HTML5 has become more prevalent. The news provider stated the change has fully taken hold in the mobile space, led by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who decided the technology should not go into the iPhone. The article's author posited that few things are affected by a lack of Flash these days, only older media players. Content creators will want to ensure they aren't among those non-functional Web elements.

Switching multimedia over
A recent Beet.TV interview addressed a specific example of a media entity opting to use HTML5 for a function that may have been Flash-driven in the past. The New York Times' Sara Poorsattar explained to the source that now, with HTML5 as the backbone technology powering the paper's videos and ad content, it is possible to include handy new links that incorporate a Google API. She underlined the importance of mobile advertising, meaning that if the Times went on working in unsupported languages such as Flash, it would be cutting itself off from a large audience on tablets and smartphones.

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