Everyone applauding the default to HTML5 from Flash Player on YouTube should recall that without Flash, YouTube would not exist. Or HTML5.
— Joseph Labrecque (@JosephLabrecque) January 28, 2015
Many stories are running about this over the past few days and they all give the impression that Flash Player is no longer used when delivering video with YouTube. We have to be clear on a few different points here:
- HTML5 video playback has already been the default with Chrome for a long, long time now.
- It has taken YouTube around 4-5 years to get the HTML5 playback to a state where they feel it matches Flash Player well enough to make it the default.
- YouTube had not “ditched” Flash for playback. their HTML5 playback is simply the default in most cases. So long as it plays video well – what is the problem?
- The absolute hatred expressed in the comments to these articles is not an expression of enlightenment but rather all that is wrong with the web today.
- As I stated on Twitter – we would not have YouTube if it were not for Flash Player. It cannot be stressed enough how important Flash has been for the web and just about everyone seems to not even comprehend this fact at all.
- A lot of the features of HTML5 regarding media playback and rich expression are there because Flash paved the way. Again – some would do well to learn from history and respect the work of others that came before them.