Originally Posted by petran79
So Flash will lose its share, like the shockwave, windows media, real and quicktime players that were dominant once?
Sure, that is evolution. No one dropped support for WMA/WMV or QT - it's still there even though people have moved on. But some of the players do have a hate-on for Flash. Not that Flash is "good", it was never that good to start with, bloated, inefficient, bandwidth robbing - coupled with the fact that so many web site designers used dumb animation to slow down connections and to hide the fact that the site probably had no usable content to start with.
However, sites do use Flash, and I see no reason why browsers should drop support. It's not like dropping Flash will make a cleaner, more efficient, less bloated broswer - they will just replace the emptiness of removing Flash with some other worthless trash that no one will use. I can see bringing out HTML5 in some intelligent manner, like actually come out with an HTLM5 standard, and have everyone implement that and pass all of the compliance tests - then encourage web developers to migrate to it in the longer term.
Otherwise, I can see this as using one bag of hurt instead of another bag of hurt. I'd prefer if websites just dropped goofy graphics and animation - and instead, put some real content in. For example - the best site I have seen is the one for McMaster-Carr - easy, get anywhere in a few steps, clean, doesn't suck back bandwidth, and lots of real, usable content. Worst site, a toss up between the mess that is Sony (where there is some slight content buried deep inside) or the slop that is Duracell (that remains entirely content free)...
Myself, I'd love to see Flash disappear; but I am likely to love HTML5 disappear, since I am loathe to wasting time with stupid, animated web sites that are broken on pretty much any browser to start with.