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[6]: Comment by mtzmtulivu
by wargum on Mon 15th Feb 2010 21:30 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by mtzmtulivu"
wargum
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I've got a Q6600 (quad core core2duo @2.4GHz) and I'm forced to run Adblock if I don't want my browser to crawl to a halt. Why? Because I surf heavily and typically have 50+ tabs open at once. Try running any browser with hundreds of flash plugins open playing ads, and then tell me how fast your computer is.

The question is: Does your scenario really show how crappy the Flash Player is? To me, this just sounds like a lot of work for a computer, even these days. Something one must understand is that the Flash Player has to compute even invisible things, or at least I assume that. Why? Since the Flash Player can't guess if an invisible tab contains Flash content that is only relevant when the tab is visible. This is a make-or-break scenario. So when having 50+ tabs open you might well have 100 or more Flash elements open at the same time, all needing to be computed. That's a lot! :-)

Now, I don't actually know how much of a slowdown those ads would cause if they were using HTML5 instead of flash, but I'm pretty sure it would at least be quite a bit better, even if it did still cause a slowdown.

Only time will tell, but I have doubts that it will be so much better.

Edited 2010-02-15 21:32 UTC

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