The habit of prioritising Flash over HTML5 video


John Gruber has an opinion in his piece showing how to load HTML5 video instead of Flash in Safari on OSX.

That this works for so many sites shows that Safari on Mac OS X is perfectly capable of playing a lot of video on the web that seemingly requires Flash. Web developers should start serving video via the HTML5 <video> tag by default, and fall back to flash if the <video> tag isn’t supported.

It’s pretty clear Safari is a tiny proportion of the browser market, but what would be the impact if webservers took his advice globally? On other browsers?

On Adobe’s share price?

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2 thoughts on “The habit of prioritising Flash over HTML5 video

    • I think the point he makes is that if they DID serve HTML5 as an alternative to Flash Video, why wouldn’t they prioritise it first? Not so much that you should do it anyway.

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