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HTML 5 vs. Flash | ICAN



And so the battle continues…with no real resolution and guys like me saying, “Hmmm, web standards are going to come along and make all content run everywhere!?!”— r i g h t. This has been the promise since, well, forever really.

HTML 5 is a great idea, but I don’t believe it’s benefits will be sufficient to overcome the drawbacks caused by the inevitable cracks in true standardization. So, I don’t regret throwing down on the CS5 Flash super suite…and will continue to invest in learning everything I can about Adobe’s Creative Suite.

Ultimately, this is about market power–and my money is on Adobe. They continue to release unbelievably good products that require a significant investment in intellectual capital to master. This has created a massive user following who are professionally vested in the success of Adobe technology in the marketplace. Adobe has developed tools that support application development for the Android platform, which just surpassed the iPhone for cell phone market share. Flash is currently considered “a 95% complete solution” according to a respected local design firm specializing in interactive applications for corporate training and promotions. Such things considered together are enough to convince me that Adobe has the necessary foundation to remain the market leader for a very long time.

Will HTML5 have a place? No doubt–perhaps especially so in my world (electronic books). Many of the preferred reading devices don’t have the computing horsepower to support Flash or similar technologies–and that’s okay. Where a less refined interactive or animated effect is desired, or where the platform dictates, HTML5 will shine. It holds the potential to expand the tools available to designers and creating potential for enhanced two-dimensional text. What’s not to like? I know many people share my hope that Adobe will simply continue to improve the Creative Suite, as they have already done in some limited instances, to allow developers to output and work with HTML5 when necessary.

Anyway, here’s the story:   HTML 5 vs. Flash | ICAN.

P.S. Shortly after posting this, my partner Erik Christopher pointed me to the following article: -to-html5-canvas

As I said to him…’okay, I’ll shut up’


An Open-Source, HTML5 Framework for iPad E-books

An Open-Source, HTML5 Framework for iPad E-books

via An Open-Source, HTML5 Framework for iPad E-books.