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HTML5: The Flash Killer

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HTML5 vs Flash… that is the big debate right now in the world of website design and development. With all of the new HTML5 features now offered, it’s likely that Flash will grow obsolete more and more every day.

There’s been a Mac vs PC struggle since the beginning of computers, and the Flash element is simply an old off-shoot to the struggle.

In my opinion, Flash never stood a chance. Between the complete lack of SEO capability and the compatibility issues that it has had with Apple products (use, that includes the iPad and iPhone), it’s been suffocating for quite some time. The only element of success that Flash had was it’s interactive, movie-like abilities, and cutting edge effects. HTML5 has taken the first steps to take care of all of these concerns… and it’s search engine friendly.

With the increase in mobile device sales exploding over the last year, website design companies have no choice but to design websites with mobile devices in mind, which means leaving Flash to the side.

HTML5 has its own set of obstacles to defeat. Flash is primarily web designer friendly, while HTML5 is geared more towards developers. This is going to force Flash developers to start learning HTML5, along with web designers. The good news is that anyone that is just starting to get into this industry, can start fresh by learning HTML5. The assessment could be made that Adobe is working on new software (similar to Adobe Flash) that will make developing and designing in HTML5 extremely easy. Adobe HTML5 software coming soon? Most likely.

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Flash Pros
• Flash has some already available design tools, and a long-established history with website designers.

Flash Cons
• Flash does not play on many mobile devices, including the iPad and iPhone
• Flash requires downloads and plugins that many will neglect to download
• Flash is terrible to implement into an effective Search Engine Marketing program
• Slow loading times

HTML5 Pros
• Mobile device friendly
• SEO compatible
• Fast loading times

HTML5 Cons
• Still new for designers and developers
• No software tools for production or editing


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