Adobe should open source Flash thus eliminating the need for HTML5

Posted by on Apr 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

Subject: Adobe should open source Flash thus eliminating the need for HTML5

Adobe should open source Flash and thus make HTML5 completely irrelevant. The only reason why HTML5 has any momentum to it is because many prefer complete transparency when it comes to internet technologies. And with Adobe opening the complete source code of the Flash runtime they will kill two birds with one stone so to speak, first they will have the Flash standard most likely be integrated into the HTML5 RFC thus making the two technologies one, and second allow developers to actually improve upon the standard and improving the overall quality of the code.
Anyways Adobe is giving the Flash Player for free and receive most of the income from the development tools producing flash content such as Adobe Flash, Dreamweaver, Flex etc.
Adobe has made some amazing strategic moves in the past several years including acquiring Flash from Macromedia, releasing Flex which is an development environment for rich application and now intergrading Flash into the Chrome browser (coming soon); just to name a few.
Many think of Flash is just a simple animation engine; but it is much more.
If Adobe is to keep it’s 98% market share with the Flash plug in, they must open the Flash player onto an open source platform and proving once and for all (to Apple) that adopting Flash onto the iPhone and iPad is unavoidable, since HTML5 == Flash.

  • Jeff Black

    Unfortunately, I don’t think this is going to happen. It looks as though they are just letting it slowly die or morph into HTML5, but I like the idea here.

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