Will HTML5 + CSS + JavaScript Really Be Flash And Silverlight Killer?

osd-finder-icon Before HTML5, although the dynamic user experiences can be done with with Javascript and AJAX, but the abilities of HTML in the different browsers was very limited and Flash leveraged this very well by provided richer user experiences, more dynamic pages and most important video.

HTML 5, the next version of HTML does provide a nice new standard for building dynamic and media rich applications, of course include video etc.

HTML5 technologies such as Canvas, for 2-D drawing on a Web page, are being promoted by heavyweights in the Internet space such as Apple, Google, and Mozilla and Aafari Browser.

Long long ago… hmm, I talked some about Flex vs. Ajax — both have their pros and cons, the history told us, when a new tech came, it would bring many chatters. I asked google, many chatter around the issue: Should developers and designers invest in HTML5?

Not sure YOU will agree them, but I try to collect some representational points.  

Why HTML5 is worth your time


Eric A. Meyer on HTML5′s future and the skills developers need to acquire by Mac Slocum,

MS: Without getting into the "Flash killer" stuff, how does HTML5 compare to Flash?

EM: HTML5 itself and Flash are vastly different. They have different things that they’re trying to do. But the HTML5 plus CSS plus JavaScript package is more. I think that’s an easier comparison to make to Flash because Flash is supposed to be this total environment. You can put things on the screen and you can script it and you can define interaction. And HTML5-CSS-JavaScript lets you do that as well.

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."

The Future of Web Content – HTML5, Flash & Mobile Apps


I’m often asked “Will HTML5 replace Flash?” on the Web. The quick answer is no. However, there is a lot of nuance here and it’s helpful to make the distinction between two broad classes of content applications that are deployed in browsers.

First, there are what I would call Web Productivity Apps…

The second broad class of applications are what I would call Rich Media Apps…

HTML 5, Flash and SilverLight


It’s all going to be even worse with the upcoming Apple iPad, the most desirable tablet you can imagine. It really doesn’t matter how great competitive devices are going to be. Everybody wants an iPad anyway. The iPad will be a great device to give a way in competitions, as sales incentives etc… just because everybody wants to have one. However your favorite browser plugin will not work on the device!

Just imagine some of the following:
1. Your business is giving away iPads as a price, don’t you want your website to work on the device?
2. You are in charge of deciding a new SaaS solution and your boss is proudly showing off his new iPad gadget.

It doesn’t really matter anymore how great Flash and SilverLight are… when they are not supported on the iPad, their use will get limited.

Death to Flash: 3 Great HTML 5 Demos


Chanezon explained how real-time processing on the client side would dramatically increase the speed of cloud-based applications – a particularly important point for mobile developers. Additionally, unlike Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft’s Silverlight, HTML 5 is plug-in free and non-proprietary. With little more than a few lines of javascript and the HTML 5 APIs, Chanezon showed us the potential of the new specification.

HTML5: Could it kill Flash and Silverlight?


The World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) HTML5 proposal is geared toward Web applications, something not adequately addressed in previous incarnations of HTML, the W3C acknowledges. In other words, HTML5 tackles the gap that Flash, Silverlight, and JavaFX are trying to fill.

So, what do you think about html5?

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9 Responses to “Will HTML5 + CSS + JavaScript Really Be Flash And Silverlight Killer?”

  1. Absulit says:

    I am a flash dev, but I think (now thanks to this post) that flash will not desappear at all, maybe it will move from web to other places.

    Of course if HTML5 will do what flash does now in 10 years, everyone will use it, because is free.

    But if you are in a hurry, I think you should use flash.

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  5. Aaron Franco says:

    For detailed information behind Apple’s motivation for not having Flash on the iPad, please read this post:

    http://blog.nothinggrinder.com/id-rather-be-a-woz

    We have done extensive research on the subject and found some very interesting information regarding patents owned by Apple.

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