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 StephenBeDoper on Mon 15th Feb 2010 22:14 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by mtzmtulivu"
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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.

You'll hear no argument from me there - FWIW, the only two Firefox extensions I use are Session Manager and FlashBlock. But what we were talking about was video playback/decoding via Flash.

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.

Possibly - although if there were a shift away from Flash for "rich media" ads, it would probably be towards things like Javascript, Silverlight, or (deity help us) Java applets. Rather than HTML5, that is.

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