Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Mar 2010 13:00 UTC
Google It's no secret that the relationship between Apple and Adobe isn't particularly healthy at this point, and despite the nicely staged coffee moment, nor is the relationship between Apple and Google. It seems like this is bringing together Google and Adobe: rumour has it that Flash will be bundled with the Chrome web browser and/or the upcoming Chrome operating system. Update: It's official: "When users download Chrome, they will also receive the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. There will be no need to install Flash Player separately. Users will automatically receive updates related to Flash Player using Google Chrome's auto-update mechanism."
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ElCabri2
Member since:
2009-03-11

Enough BS. Anything that allows third-party intervention without prior consent is enough to be defined as "opened". The OP was asserting that Flash content couldn't be scanned and indexed because it's encoded in a way that's not quite as plain as HTML, and the answer was that the format was documented by Adobe, so it can be done, period.

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Ford Prefect Member since:
2006-01-16

Many Flash applications do not adhere to the standard and the Flash player allows this. One could even claim that the Flash player itself does not adhere to the standard.

There also exist obfuscators for Flash, and their use is very common. Most of those also produce non-standard swf.

This is all known and being researched on. If you're interested, see
http://events.ccc.de/congress/2009/Fahrplan/events/3494.en.html


Open specifications are good, but sometimes, if there is only one full implementation on the market, they can become worthless. Another example for this is the OpenDocument format.

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