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Flash Users Double HTML5 Users

Which rich format should you focus on for now?

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Infographics are an “in” thing right now, because, let’s face it, it’s hard not love visually-appealing graphics that offer a clean presentation of the information in question. In this case, the subject under scrutiny has to do with web file formats of choice. In this case, it’s Flash versus HTML5, the expected successor to the Flash thrown.

While that may be, the infographic in question, provided by Periscope.com, reveals this upcoming changeover has a ways to go before Flash is rendered obsolete. First, the infographic, resized for presentation purposes. Click the image for a bigger version, which measure around 1.2 megabytes worth of file size:

Flash or HTML5?

As you can see, while the desire for HTML5 might be high, the adoption process is still ongoing. As of this month (May, 2011), there are over 2 billion Flash users, as opposed to 800 million HTML 5 users. Of course, these numbers could mirror each other in a few years, but for now, Flash is still king.

Blame YouTube, I guess.

Another area of interest lies in the browser-ready section. For the Internet Explorer crowd, only IE9 supports HTML5. Firefox has had HTML5 support since version 3.6 and Google Chrome has supported the format since version 10. In the mobile device territory, support for the newer format is surprisingly high, with the exception of the Nokia and BlackBerry environments. Of course, if either company wants to keep up with the Joneses — Google and Apple, apparently — then such expect such a distinction to change in the near future.

Of course, HTML5 is still in its fledgling stage, so expect these numbers to be a little different in a few years. An area discussed by Periscope includes iPad proliferation. It seems Apple is pushing developers who want to design for the “iEnvironment” to focus on the iOS format:

If your goal is to develop content in HTML5 so that it can be viewed through both a web browser and the iPad, (to reach the largest amount of people), you might be a little disappointed. Content developed in HTML5 for the iPad has the least available features and performs the worst out of all HTML5-compatible scenarios.

Periscope concludes their post with the following heads up, “from a purely analytical point of view, the best option for developing a feature-rich dynamic data visualization right now still seems to be Flash.” Just as long as a standard-format iPad user isn’t part of your intended audience.

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  • http://dalejcruse.com Dale Cruse

    Please see the comment discussion at the Periscopic site, as several people (including myself) strongly dispute those numbers, especially the *very* misleading 1% iOS statistic.

    • http://www.periscopic.com Dino Citraro

      @Dale, even though you claim these numbers are misleading, you haven’t shown how they actually are. Please pay attention to the intent of the article. It is not an piece that says HTML5 is bad. It only says that in certain situations, specifically large interactive projects, Flash is the best bet. It also states that assuming that iOS is a large market is wrong.

      @Chris, if you could, please update the name of the company and web site. It is Periscopic, and periscopic.com, not Periscope.

      Thank you!

  • http://thewebtaylor.co.uk Website Design

    I hate flash, especially on FF with the memory leak! Bring on HTML5!

  • http://www.aljanoube.com alfalakiii

    Another area of interest lies in the browser-ready section. For the Internet Explorer crowd, only IE9 supports HTML5. Firefox has had HTML5 support since version 3.6 and Google Chrome has supported the format since version 10. In the mobile device territory, support for the newer format is surprisingly high, with the exception of the Nokia and BlackBerry environments. Of course, if either company wants to keep up with the Joneses — Google and Apple, apparently — then such expect such a distinction to change in the near future.

    http://www.elso9.com
    http://www.aljanoube.com

  • http://www.elso9.com alfalakiii

    @Chris, if you could, please update the name of the company and web site. It is Periscopic, and periscopic.com, not Periscope

    http://www.elso9.com

  • http://www.mojowebdesign.com.au Damian

    When I have the time HTML5 will be what I do, forget sunshine or sport but for now work is trumping the lot! The death of flash will never come quick enough.