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Occupy Flash: The Movement to Rid the World of the Flash Player Plugin

November 22nd, 2011

The Manifesto: Flash Player is dead. Its time has passed. It’s buggy. It crashes a lot. It requires constant security updates. It doesn’t work on most mobile devices. It’s a fossil, left over from the era of closed standards and unilateral corporate control of web technology. Websites that rely on Flash present a completely inconsistent (and often unusable) experience for fast-growing percentage of the users who don’t use a desktop browser. It introduces some scary security and privacy issues by way of Flash cookies.

But wait, I know that many of you gentle readers are on the other side of this argument and are not about to uninstall your Flash plugin. There’s a movement for you too. It’s called Occupy HTML.

It’s Manifesto: Flash is mature. It’s supported by all major desktop browsers. It’s stable when used properly. If not, it crashes a lot, just like every other technology. It requires constant security updates, just like every other web technology. It doesn’t work well on most mobile devices, and for good reasons. It’s a content plugin, developed during the era of closed standards and unilateral corporate control of web technology. Websites that rely on Flash can present a unique (and often unparalleled) experience for the massive percentage of users on a desktop browser. Flash powers some amazing experiences that work consistently across all of the major browsers in a way that cannot be replicated without Flash technology.

Before you get too worked up… this is intended to be humorous.

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7 Responses to “Occupy Flash: The Movement to Rid the World of the Flash Player Plugin”

  • Flash: Better the Devil You Know

  • It will die a natural death. It has served us well as the internet has evolved. A lot of internet applications/presentations would not exist today without it. It is time to move on.
    However, I have more important things to do than “Occupy Flash” 🙂

    A Happy Day of Thanksgiving to everyone at PFRE !
    Ron

  • I am a bit put off by the use of the term “occupy”. For me it has become a term of negative connotation, like the word “green”. I almost unsubscribed when I read the email. Let’s not grasp on to all that the world does and try and p.c. things up. As Ron says, if there is a problem with something, the natural course will eventually take care of it by itself.

  • IT’s funny how the “savior” from the past becomes a devil … exactly the plans of an “evil” person from the past that die few days ago and NOW it’s considered a genius … a savior … THE guy.
    MOFO could sell the idea even after his death … well … the “Book” still being sold as the best book even His death 2011 year ago as well …

  • I had a feeling Flash was in for a up hill climb as soon as I heard that many mobile devices did not/were not supporting it. Thankfully I made the decision last year to build my new site on a platform that didn’t use flash. Don’t get me wrong, I love what flash can do as far as the user experience is concerned but if you can only view it on certain devices that is a major drawback in my book. I mean when it comes to how most PFRE will be viewed (MLS and slideshows), flashy graphics and whatnot are nowhere to be found for the most part.

  • It really is a shame that Flash was never able to live up to its potential. When it works, it is brilliant; when it doesn’t it crashes your browser. Not worth it, in my book.

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