Adobe Talks Future Innovation with Both Flash and HTML5

    May 26, 2010
    Chris Crum

There were a lot of announcements to take in during Google I/O last week, but among them were some HTML5 efforts from Adobe, illustrating the company’s dedication to utilizing the technologies it sees playing significant roles in the future of the web.

Of course a widely publicized tiff between Adobe and Apple over HTML5 and Flash came about from Apple CEO Steve Jobs dismissing Flash, and painting HTML5 as the way of the future, and resulted in Adobe carrying out an ad campaign in response. Adobe made it abundantly clear at Google I/O that HTML5 is very much a part of its plans, and that Flash is as well.

After the keynote in which Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch talked about the company’s HTML5 offerings, WebProNews spoke with Adobe Sr. Director of Engineering Paul Gubbay about them, as well as he co-existence of HTML5 and Flash:

"It’s important for folks to remember that Flash and HTML have always coincided together," says Gubbay. "They’ve always lived together. And now with HTML5, we’re starting to see new features and other things that certainly start moving towards some of the territory that we’ve typically seen Flash do. And that’s great. That’s innovation. I mean gosh, it’s been quite a while since the browsers have really started to innovate at the level we’re seeing now. It creates fantastic opportunities to build great tooling for HTMl5 and services on top of that, which is what we’re doing."

"We’ll also see Flash innovate and continue to innovate. There’s a bunch of things you just can’t do in HTML5 today consistently across browsers. People will continue to use Flash for those. They’ll continue to use Flash for the other types of innovations we’ll see there. I personally have always seen HTML as fantastic. There’s a lot of things you can do with it. And Flash has always sort of been a blueprint for the things you can’t do, but probably will be able to do in the future. And it’s going to continue to build that way. So I absolutely see a world where both play in, and I think it’s Adobe’s job to show how that works, and to bring value to folks wherever we need to."

Do you agree that Flash will continue to innovate and act as a blueprint for things you can’t do with HTML? Share your thoughts.


Chris Crum
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