Cameron FrancisMarch 15,2013

HTML5 Vs. Adobe Flash: What to Go For?

Both HTML5 and Adobe Flash go almost neck and neck when it comes to user preference in various circumstances. Ultimately, however it becomes your choice to make.

HTML5 and Adobe Flash both are languages for software development with definite pros and cons related to them. Adobe Flash is, true to its name, quite flashy! Those looking for high impact content use it for getting their content stand out. Recently Adobe Flash released, ‘Edge’ their software for Rich Interface Application (RIA) building. What surprised the web community involved use of programming and web markup around HTML5. This provided a fertile ground for debate, which rages on. Until now, Flash had definite uses imparting rich graphics, interactivity and animations to web browsers via plug-ins. HTML5 started encroaching on all the properties of Flash making it gradually redundant, and this forced their strike back.

Why HTML5 and Not Flash?

HTML5 may be new on the scene but a definite heavy weight by all counts. Users who want something beyond the flashy, core competency that actually works surely prefer HTML5 Website Design to the latest Flash and all for good reasons. It presents quality content on the web with improvement in language. HTML5 does not tell users to give up on multimedia craze but makes it easy to use and enjoy instead. With this language, multimedia becomes easy to read on various devices and becomes user friendly for maximum impacts. Include multimedia and graphics for sharing on the web minus annoying plug-ins or APIs. Invalid document processing is another advantage of HTML5.

Pros and Cons HTML5 & Adobe Flash Over Each Other

  • Flash does not support SEO but HTML5 does
  • When it comes to popularity contest Flash wins hands down, HTML5 has less takers in comparison
  • Flash requires plug ins that HTML5 does not and this gives a definite advantage
  • Flash is able to keep illegal copying and piracy at bay and successful in digital rights management, for HTML DRM however, special software and server requirements present

Situations Where Each Is Preferred Compared To Others

Incompatibility with iOS is the major drawback of Flash. Therefore, one cannot use it in tablet and Smartphone devices. HTML5 becomes the preferred medium when it comes to use on such operating systems.

When it comes to Windows platform HTML5 becomes slower to Flash. So when dealing with complex visual effect and animation, Flash becomes the preferred software. Again when running on Linux and Mac OS X, Flash slows down alarmingly making it completely unsuitable for doing something worthwhile, here users go for HTML5 instead.

Future of Web Design with Context HTML5 & Adobe Flash

In order to survive in the future and provide stiff competition to HTML5 Responsive Websites, Adobe Flash increases its developments around HTML5 and plans to go for mobile friendly software development, a department it neglected until now.

HTML5 slowly yet steadily makes its presences felt in various facets of web development and developers use it with an increased propensity for providing users with easy to implement friendly technology. You do not need to wait until 2022 for using HTML5, it’s available now and here to stay!

Author: Cameron Francis Cameron Francis is the Director of eTraffic Group. He has been engaged in all aspects of online marketing for the past 8 years. He is actively involved in SEO, Paid Search, Social Media Optimisation, and Web Design.

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