HTML5 vs. Flash: Webocalypse Now?

Eric Meyer (Complex Spiral Consulting)
Design & User Experience
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It’s become somewhat fashionable of late to refer to HTML5 and the web stack as a “Flash killer”. The Flash/Flex community, understandably, has not suffered this kind of talk quietly. The ongoing absence of Flash from Apple’s wildly popular portable devices has only fueled the fire. Openness, stability, ubiquity, consistency, and security are all thrown around like the discs of Tron. So what’s going on? Is Flash dying out? Will the web choke on its own complexity? Will we ever stop arguing about all this? We’ll look at where things are and where they’re going, weighing the strengths and weaknesses of each side while making some informed guesses about the future.

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Eric Meyer

Complex Spiral Consulting

Eric A. Meyer (@meyerweb) has been a burger flipper, a college webmaster, an early blogger, one of the original CSS Samurai, a member of the CSS WG, a consultant and trainer, a Standards Evangelist at Netscape, and co-founded An Event Apart with Jeffrey Zeldman. He wrote CSS: The Definitive Guide for O’Reilly as welll as several other books, has spoken at conferences the world over, created the first official W3C test suite, and assisted in the creation of microformats. In 2006, he was inducted into the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for “international recognition on the topics of HTML and CSS” and helping to “inform excellence and efficiency on the Web.”

Eric lives with his family in Cleveland, Ohio, which is a much nicer city than you’ve been led to believe. He’s a staunch defender of the Oxford comma, the hard G in “GIF”, and the right of everyone everywhere to follow a sentence with however many spaces they deem proper. He enjoys a good meal whenever he can and considers almost every form of music to be worthwhile.

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Paul McKeever
05/09/2010 9:05pm PDT

Thanks for a great overview on a very current debate. Good core content, engaging delivery and real insight.

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Melvin Ryan Fetalvero
05/06/2010 9:33am PDT

This was a clear, concise, unbiased take on HTML5 vs. Flash.

Tim Woods
05/06/2010 6:54am PDT

A good speaker. Made it engaging, funny, and just the right sort of pace. The problem with most of the sessions this year, is the pace at which the speakers move, way too slow! And, the lack of quality content. Eric had good content, and moved it along quite well. Enjoyed it.

William McCormick
05/05/2010 7:27am PDT

Very good content well presented.

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Mark J. Levitt
04/20/2010 9:49am PDT

I enjoyed your interview on the subject (Why HTML5 is worth your time). Looking forward to hearing more!

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