Flash vs HTML

When the Macromedia Flash Player (now known as the Adobe Flash Player) first appeared, web designers were happy to have a way to incorporate multimedia and interactive items in their websites. Whether it is picture galleries, videos, or games, these all make a website stand out - catching and holding the interest of the viewer.

The Adobe Flash Player is no longer the only "kid on the block" when it comes to incorporating multimedia in a website.

The "new kid (option) on the block" is HTML5. Work on combining multimedia within HTML codes began around 10 years ago. Although the World Wide Web Consortium has not recommended it yet, this is bound to happen in the near future. Those who do web design love that they can incorporate rich content in their website that does not need any plugins to work. If the user has an up to date web browser they will have no problem using HTML5.

Flash web design is not supported on iOS, and soon Adobe will no longer be supported on any mobile device. This makes HTML5 all that much better, for it is available for most every mobile device.

Creating your web design with HTML5 will require the use of Javascript, CSS, and other web design technologies. For this reason, Flash is an easier option to use. Videos on Flash are much clearer and crisper than those on HTML5; this is because Flash fully understands the sub-pixel measurements, while most browsers will automatically round - up or down - HTML5 measures to the closest pixel (which often messes with the looks of the web design itself.)

Flash does a terrific job of protecting your media within your website. A Digital Rights Management system is incorporated in Flash that ensures your web design is saved for your use only. HTML5 has no such feature and any media in your web design could be vulnerable to hackers or theft.

Simplicity would have you choosing to use Flash to create your web design; an eye to the future may have you deciding on HTML5. As further HTML web design has become available in the years to come they will begin to incorporate the features available in Flash, possibly overtaking Flash is what they can offer. When this becomes reality, you will want to join the crowds who are making the switch. Starting now with HTML5 will give you a head start on incorporating what will be offered in the future into your web design.

Using the known Adobe Flash or the new HTML5 to create your web design is something you will have to decide for yourself. Which fits better with your lifestyle or your vision for your web design? Ask yourself a few questions and refer to the information above, before making your final choice. Will it be the new HTML5 or the tried and true Flash?