Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Feb 2010 22:17 UTC
Internet & Networking There's a bit of ruckus going on at the moment in the world of HTML5. A number of people are claiming that Adobe has blocked the latest publication of the HTML5 standard. However, after diving into the actual mailing list threads, it becomes obvious quite quickly that it's nothing but a misunderstanding. Update: Masinter replies: "No part of HTML5 is, or was ever, 'blocked' in the W3C HTML Working Group - not HTML5, not Canvas 2D Graphics, not Microdata, not Video - not by me, not by Adobe."
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RE[4]: Comment by mtzmtulivu
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 15th Feb 2010 16:48 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by mtzmtulivu"
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What about people still using P4's and 1GB RAM? (In fact, I know some people who run even lower spec systems)

As long as they're not trying to play HD content in fullscreen, they shouldn't have a problem. I've viewed youtube-size video on machines as slow as G4 800 and a P3-M 1.3Ghz.

So why should we be excluding rich internet content from people who don't want to spend hundreds on their computer every 2 years. It's not as if the same content can't be rendered on systems via other media formats.

In principle, I agree with you. But that's a problem that existed well before Flash gained widespread use for web video - and even if Flash were completely vanquished today, the problem would still exist.

Of course they will. But Flash Ads are what people notice for the now - thus it's what they complain about thus my point about why they dislike Flash.

Switch off nerd mode for one moment and think about what I wrote.
It wasn't a technical manual for Flash - it was a list of reasons why Flash was unpopular.

There's a fundamental flaw in that argument. People who would dislike a technology for such an irrational reason probably lack the technical literacy to actually recognize/identify when said technology is being used.

In other words, anyone clueless enough to reach that conclusion ("Flash unilaterally sucks because it's been used for annoying ads") is probably, at the same time, too clueless to even reach that conclusion in the first place. For that matter, they're probably more likely to blame the problems on their OS, browser, the brand of computer they use, or the alignment of Mercury and Jupiter.

I can see you love the technology

Can you point to a single example of wargum actually expressing that sentiment? Believe it or not, there are actually people who hold positions on Flash other than staunch advocacy or shrill anti-fanboyism.

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