With Adobe Flash Player to be blocked on browsers, people should start learning more about HTML 5, which is part of Google’s plan for an “industry-wide transition to Open Web Standards”, according to a spokesperson for Adobe. But some people would be heartbroken without Adobe Flash Player. So you might be wondering what makes HTML5 a better choice.

Adobe Flash Player vs. HTML5

On performance

In terms of performance and usability, HTML5 loads faster and consumes less power than Flash content. Adobe Flash content may render well on a computer, but it can appear stripped down when viewed on a mobile phone. This is where its limitation shows, something that isn’t noticeable with HTML5 on user side.

On platform dependence

Flash Player is platform independent, which means that Flash content will look the same, whether you’re viewing it from your computer or mobile phone.

HTML5 elements are not pre-made in exact form, so they will look and behave differently when accessed from different browsers. This means web designers have to create different versions of their websites, so it would look and feel the same for different platforms.

On development



Developing flash content is easier and faster, what with a large pool of resources that has accumulated since it was released 20 years ago. There is also a large community where developers can exchange ideas, and where novice can draw ideas from.

HTML5 is a fairly new technology, so it has limited capabilities at this point. Although developers will adopt the new platform, it would still be a long road ahead. But there’s also a possibility that HTML 5 will incorporate flash content as a workaround.

On content deployment

Deploying flash content is just a matter of uploading it to the server, and it will automatically run on a user’s computer or mobile phone if they have flash player installed.

Deploying HTML5 content requires uploading files to the server, and creating a code which the browser would have to put together. With HTML5, no external plugins are necessary. But older browsers might not render content correctly, as it is fairly new.

On ease of installation

Adobe Flash Player is an external plugin that you would need to install to your browser to view Flash content. HTML 5 doesn’t require an external plugin, but you would have to use a browser that supports h.264 video codec and WebM format to play content made using HTML 5.

In the end, Flash still remains important. But for how long?

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