A few days ago, Google opened up a YouTube area on its product ideas website, so that people could submit their ideas about how to improve the ubiquitous video website. It turned out it was a bit of a can of worms Google opened there: everything focussed on HTML5 video support.
The top voted idea was adding support for HTML5 video and ditching Flash, which had twice as many votes as the second highest item. Soon enough, similar HTML5 video suggestions popped up, and nine out of ten top ideas were about HTML5 video. To make it all a little bit more frantic for Google, Slashdot picked up on it, further cementing HTML5 video support as the top-suggested feature.
Google has now given an official response, and is hinting that support for HTML5 video may indeed come:
We’ve heard a lot of feedback around supporting HTML5 and are working hard to meet your request, so stay tuned. We’ll be following up when we have more information. We’re answering this idea now because there are so many similar HTML5 ideas and we want to give other ideas a chance to be seen.
All HTML5 ideas have been moved to the “answered” section accordingly. Let’s hope this means we’ll see proper HTML5 support soon on YouTube, as the site remains one of the main reasons why you’d want Flash installed. It could mean a major blow for Adobe if YouTube ditched Flash.
The sooner we get a big player behind video in HTML5, the sooner we get rid of the abomination called Flash. Sure, it’ll take years but that’s just another reason to get started ASAP.