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HTML5 and more!

April 8, 2010

In Why HTML5 is Worth Your Time, Eric Meyer, an author and HTML/CSS expert, explains why HTML5, CSS and JavaScript still represent the “classic three” coding languages for website developers and designers. He also compares this bundle of tools against Adobe’s Flash, a popular multimedia platform for adding animation and interactivity to web pages.

I enjoyed this article because it provides another perspective on what we’re learning in class.  Now that we’ve become familiar with HTML, for example, it’s easier to appreciate Meyer’s opinions about its shortcomings.  On the other hand, Meyer does not convince me that HTML5 is a major step forward from HTML4.

With respect to Flash, Meyer offers some interesting thoughts:

We got to the point a couple of years ago where the HTML-CSS-JavaScript stack can technically do just about anything that the Flash environment makes possible. It’s just a lot harder at the moment to do that in HTML5-CSS-JavaScript because Flash has about a decade’s head start on authoring environments.

There are a number of people, myself included, who have been observing for a while now that the current web stack feels like Flash did in 1996. Look at the canvas demos, for example. The canvas demos we’re seeing now are totally reminiscent of the Flash demos we used to see in the ’96 era, where it was like: “Hey, look! I have three circles and you can grab one with a mouse and flick it. And then it bounces around the box and there’s physics and collision and animation and they’re blobby and woo hoo.”

While we aren’t learning Flash in this course, the above comments make me very curious to learn more about it. Does anyone have any experiences with, or thoughts about, Flash that they would like to share?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. benwingard permalink
    April 8, 2010 6:39 pm

    I really enjoyed the article you posted. I am interested in HTML5 too. You might want to check out the article I posted on HTML5.

  2. Sarah K. permalink
    April 9, 2010 12:57 am

    I worked just a tiny, tiny bit with Flash at my undergrad college newspaper and at the OC Register during an internship. (I thought I’d become this awesome computer journalist at the time; however, the field was dying already then and suffering a decrease in passion and succumbing to giant corporations and lack of money so I got out)

    Flash is powerful and amazing and lets you tell stories and share information in a very dynamic way. Powerful, simple Flash examples are on the New York Times website. All of their photo slideshows and video interviews use Flash. The OC Register also used Flash for dynamic storytelling. Instead of telling people about when and where and what films would be playing at the Latino Film Fest in 2005, we made a Flash presentation that even had sample film clips to entice people and leave them hanging for more.

    OC Register Latino Film Fest Flash Presentation

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