Linked by David Adams on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 08:37 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless While it's been a low-level grumbling for years, the issue of Flash on mobile devices (and particularly the iPhone/Touch/iPad ecosystem) has reached fever pitch over the past few weeks, with Steve Jobs as self-appointed Flash basher-in-Chief. The OSNews crowd, that is, dyed-in-the-wool technologists have, by and large, not been big fans of Flash, with its spotty availability and performance on alternative platforms, resource hogging, and instability. And though it's quite useful for web video and other specialized interfaces, it drives the tech savvy crazy when it's used for utterly superfluous multimedia bling. So we've had a lively discussion of the pros and cons of Flash, and whether device users should be free to make their own decision about whether it's worthy to install on their iPads. But we're leaving out an important detail. As Daniel Eran Dilger, a Flash developer, points out, almost all the important existing Flash infrastructure won't work anyway. Update: A worthwhile rebuttal to this point of view.
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RE: Nice thought but...
by darknexus on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 09:44 UTC in reply to "Nice thought but..."
darknexus
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Wasn't that the point? Flash itself may work but a lot of the UIs will need updating. I'm on the "let's get rid of Flash while we've got the chance" side of this whole thing for other reasons, namely that it's an accessibility nightmare largely for the same reason most Flash UIs are not ready for touch devices. The UIs are so mouse oriented that they're useless from the keyboard when, and it's very rare, you can actually get to the bloody controls with the keyboard in the first place.

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