First off, the inevitable disclaimer: I’m a Flash guy, not really an HTML5 guy. But I’m also an Apple guy - I’ve owned 8 Macs, 2 iPhones, and 0 PCs over the last 20 years. I’m naturally receptive to Steve’s ideas, so maybe this HTML5 stuff does make sense. Or does it?
I don’t mean to come late to or prolong the argument. Rather, I actually wanted to dig a little deeper into the HTML5 vs. Flash debate and offer a fair rebuttal to the most fanatical of claims.
Let’s get to it…
Myth 1: the video tag will replace Flash video
I’m getting this out of the way first because it’s been done to death. Yes, it’s possible to play video without Flash by using HTML5 video. But it has caveats depending on the browser and the codec. This myth also wants us to overlook that we’ve been able to play video in HTML4 for over a decade using Quicktime, Windows Media, DIVX, RealPlayer, and dozens of other formats.