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HTML5 Editors Draft Hits W3C, Flash Doesn't Break a Sweat (yet)

by Robert Werlinger Tue, 02 Feb 2010 3:10 pm EST

The HTML5 specification came another step closer to becoming a Web standard today, as the first editors draft of the technology was released to the World Wide Web Consortium. HTML5 is the technology that makes up a significant portion of webOS, the new and improved Google Voice mobile web portal, YouTube and a few other notable Web services. This is great news for the Web as a whole and for the webOS platform in particular, but what are the implications for Adobe’s Flash technology?

Despite Steve Job’s recent comments about Adobe and the fact that the iPhone and iPad won’t support Flash, the proprietary Web technology won’t be going away anytime soon. As Dion Almaer (the guy Palm hired last September along with fellow Mozilla luminary Ben Galbraith to head up developer relations) noted in a post to his personal blog, Flash has good penetration and Adobe can rapidly evolve the technology. There’s no question that HTML5 is powerful and will one day be as ubiquitous as Flash is today, but it’s still a young technology, and short-term expectations need to be tempered with some perspective:

[…] And, this brings me to the Adobe half of the Steve Jobs equation. Flash isn’t dead. HTML5 is slowly going to put a dent into it if we ever get some of the use cases just right (e.g. video), but Adobe has a good penetration and can move at the speed of a dictatorship. The iPhone/iPad combo not shipping Flash will have an interesting dynamic here too, hopefully helping the HTML5 video cause. There is still much more work to be done. Flash and browser plugins have had a long history at forging new paths, and the Web can come in behind them and standardize. May that continue. […]

It also helps to keep in mind that HTML5 is still some ways away from becoming completely standardized. The W3C website spells out the process of a specification from start to finish, and the HTML Working Groups' own website anticipates a candidate recommendation later this year, and a final recommendation sometime in 2012.

So, while HTML5 continues to evolve and companies such as Palm, Apple, and Google continue to go back and standardize on it, Palm is also going to give this Flash thing a go.

Meanwhile, we're excited for the features possible with HTML5. Developers: anything in this spec making you giddy? 

Thanks to flea for the tip!