Steve Jobs Isn’t The Only Flash Hater, So Is The Firefox Vice President! Do You Feel The Same Way?Written by Rob Nichols on March 11, 2011 · Filed under Internet, Software
Apple, or more specifically CEO Steve Jobs, gets constant criticism for the lack of Adobe Flash on its iPad and iPhone devices. The reason being cited is quite a simply one: it’s not very good. It’s a controversial opinion, what with a great chunk of web-based media being flash-based, and in some cases entire sites. However, it turns out that Steve Jobs is not the only one who hates Flash.
The Vice President of Firefox projects at Mozilla, has today followed suit and has had this to say when asked whether Flash would eventually become irrelevant:
“I think so in the long run. A lot of it has to do with HTML5. With Firefox 4, Internet Explorer 9, and Chrome, to the extent that we provide functionality in enough browsers, then the developers will switch over to HTML5, especially in mobile, where you can’t have Flash popping up on every page just to do some little animation. The idea that you’d have to embed an entire instance of the Flash player just to play a 30 second audio clip? It’s crazy.”
In which case, it seems a little annoying that an alternative such as HTML5, has taken so long to come to fruition. It’s arrived at the stage where for so long there has been nothing apart from Flash. And now the Internet, something which every single reader of this article will be using right now, and millions upon millions of people on other sites, from all over the world, is littered with an apparently awful product.
The question is, however irrelevant, how long will it be before the world is rid of flash for good, and be replaced by a more sensible platform, more worthy of such an amazing, expanding and formidable community as is on the Internet.
Do you having to use Flash on websites to be a bad user experience? Does it mean that your web browser crashes or at least it stalls your browsing session while the Flash sections become inactive? Or do you just find it annoying that when browsing the web on your iPhone or iPad and you can’t use certain websites and curse Flash or Apple each time it happens?
Source: Fast Company