html5 vs. flash

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jerseymacman, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. jerseymacman macrumors newbie

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    All my techies out there.. Can someone explain to me what HTML5 is? Will we be able to view flash videos with it?
     
  2. rolen27 macrumors newbie

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    HTML5 basically is a combination of new HTML tags, Cascading Style Sheets and Javascript. Using it will reduce the reliance on browser plug-ins such as the Flash player.

    You won't be able to view Flash videos in HTML5. The video type supported seems to be MPEG-4/H.264.

    You would still need the Flash player to playback Flash video.
     
  3. fishmoose macrumors 68000

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    Well, technically HTML5 only defines the <video></video> tag, it's up to the browser to add support for codecs.
     
  4. jerseymacman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok so please forgive me I am not very tech savvy.. When the iphone doesnt support certain video and displays that little blue lego sign, will html5 eliminate that?
     
  5. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    Indeed. There was originally a proposal to make the Theora codec a standard and requiring browsers to support it natively, but members of W3C balked at the idea.

    Basically, HTML 5 is an update to the HTML markup language used in web pages. It adds a video tag which can be used to embed video in web pages without the use of a separate plugin. The idea is to make plugins like Flash obsolete.
     
  6. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Depends on what that blue lego sign is a placeholder for. If it's flash, then no, HTML5 will not eliminate that.

    BUT, if the website uses HTML5 along with a codec that your browser supports, then yes it will.
     
  7. ipedro macrumors 68040

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    It's up to websites to replace their use of Flash with HTML5 at which point you will no longer see those lego signs. The lego sign is there because iPad/iPhone/iPod don't play Flash. That won't change with HTML5, it will only make it more likely that sites will will stop using Flash.
     

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