Some technologies are so mandatory that a web developer cannot choose to ignore them. Visuals are important in delivering a great user experience. There are several video technologies used in web designing such as Flash and HTML5 being the most popular ones. But Flash has several security vulnerabilities that can backfire.
HTML5 has everything that Flash offers and more. Besides, it’s an open source technology, HTML5 is also supported by mobile devices that allow responsive HTML5 development that delivers consistent superior user experience across all mobile devices irrespective of screen sizes.
Let’s compare HTML5 with Flash and see what advantages and disadvantages each video technology has.
HTML5 Versus Flash
We take a look at different aspects of Flash and HTML5 to see how they compare :
Flash lacks browser friendliness which is one of the major drawbacks. To play Flash, you need a player which is not the case with the HTML5 as it is integrated into all major browsers. Besides, many developers find it difficult to establish communication between browsers and Flash plug-in.
Flash is no longer supported by iOS and even the latest Android OS do not offer support for Flash. Both, Google and Apple along with Opera, Mozilla are parts of WHATWG (Web Hypertext Applications Technology Working Group) that frame specification for HTML5. So it is obvious, Opera, Safari and Google Chrome support HTML5 outright and not Flash.
On the other hand, Responsive HTML5 Development has become important in the world of the Internet to ensure consistent good user experience on different platforms. Building a responsive website is easy with HTML5 that works well on mobiles, tablets and even on desktops.
Multi-Format Support and Compatibility
Unlike HTML5, Flash is more of a mature technology. HTML5 is still in development stages and does not cover areas like database access, a microphone, and webcam yet. Also, the downward compatibility of HTML5 is a big issue for web developers, the reason many websites are still using flash.
Battery Life is a major issue for mobile manufacturers. According to Yossi Oren, senior lecturer at Ben Gurion University's, HTML5 is more battery friendly than Flash. Ben Gurion conducted a power analysis experiment that shows Flash draws comparatively 17% more power than HTML5 while playing videos on a laptop while the power consumption increased by 12% in a tablet.
HTML5 is a relatively new technology in comparison to Flash. There is no doubt that every company wanting to make changes in their website would most probably prefer HTML5 development that ensures good site performance across all platforms. Thus, it will not be wrong to say HTML5 is gearing itself to become the video technology of the future.
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