Coming from an Android phone, I’ve always tried to find various browsers that supported Flash websites. I mean, there were quite a few websites that only had flash videos. So what happened to it all? Well, simply put, HTML5 came in to replace the retired technology of Flash. This blog post will explore exactly what is HTML5 and how it can be helpful when building your website. Both of technologies have had their fair share of usage and Flash has been around for over two decades!

What is Flash?

Adobe Flash (formerly called Macromedia Flash and Shockwave Flash) is a multimedia and software platform used for creating vector graphics,animation, games and rich Internet applications (RIAs) that can be viewed, played and executed in Adobe Flash Player. Flash is frequently used to serve streaming media, advertisement and interactive multimedia content on web pages and Flash-enabled software. However usage of Flash on websites is declining.

So pretty much Flash has been around since the beginning of the internet. Well, okay fine, not exactly since the beginning of the internet, but you get what I’m saying. It’s been around for over 2 decades now. Pretty much anything that moves with any sort of animation has been considered to be Flash content. As time went on, people were able to create vector graphics, images that can be resized to any size without losing the resolution of the image.

What is HTML5?

HTML5 is a core technology markup language of the Internet used for structuring and presenting content for the World Wide Web. As of October 2014this is the final and complete fifth revision of the HTML standard of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The previous version, HTML 4, was standardized in 1997.

HTML5 is completely different than Flash because it is generated by purely coding. Instead of the elements being pre-constructed in a software, you can use codes to generate interactive content. In terms of using it on your website, the content will change according to what platform it is used on. So pretty much, the content you see on a laptop screen will vary when using tablets or mobile devices. Call it a gift or a curse, it definitely is the new way to go about rendering animations.

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Want to learn more about the differences of Flash & HTML5?

A great source of information and courses to learn regarding Flash & HTML5 are held at Udemy. They offer all sorts of classes in range of beginner, intermediate, and advanced content.
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