Originally Posted by macusersince1993
Flash had its day, but it's time to move on. Sometimes Apple has led the way in ditching old technology to embrace new (remember people complained iMacs didn't have floppy drives?). If Flash is still around, the HTML5 debate is going to drag on forever and we will be using 1990s proprietary technology for the Web when we could have 2010s open source technology. A lot of companies, not just Apple and Google, are waiting for people to make up their minds with HTML5 to save the money they pay Adobe in royalties.
Flash isn't holding up HTML 5, Internet Explorer is holding up HTML 5, along with many consumer websites that won't use HTML 5 because they can't ignore Internet exploder's > 50% user base.
Opera supports most of the features of HTML 5
Safari supports the video and audio tags (which is mostly how this relates to flash)
I think chrome supports audio and video tags
Firefox is implementing parts of HTML 5 including i think video and audio tags, but they aren't there yet
Internet Explorer 8 (the latest version and the least installed version of IE - most are IE6 and IE7) plans in the future to support some of the elements of HTML 5, but NOT video and audio tags
So really, the only browsers that currently support the audio and video tags are opera, safari, and chrome. These are the three smallest mainstream browsers out there in terms of usage - total they add up to less than 20% of all web page views.
Why in the world would any site that distributes video (besides apple) throw out flash video and switch to html 5 video? There is no significant audience right now that can even render HTML 5. And if Microsoft never gives in, then we're gonna have Flash and Silverlight video for a long time.
I think MS will probably have to support it eventually, but don't hold your breath - it's gonna be a while. We still have to develop for IE 6, which is around ten years old - 2 lifetimes in internet time :-)
Microsoft is the culprit holding up web standards. Even though its gotten a lot better since the days when IE had 95%+ market share, they STILL own enough of the web browser market to hold the web hostage.