Question: tools for business apps development
daniel at syrinx.net
Thu Sep 9 14:17:52 CEST 2004
Carlos Ribeiro wrote:
> I understand that some people really like Flash. It's nifty and
> confusing, complex, etc. -- it's just asking for a redesign, but there
> is way too much code written for it to happen in any dramatic fashion.
> However, Flash is not an open standard, and that's a big problem. Who
> can guarantee that the upcoming versions of the Flash plugin will keep
> the same interface? It's a risk that you have to take into account.
No, Flash isn't SVG. Luckily. But, as has been mentioned before, the swf
format is published by Macromedia and is freely available. The Flash
plugin is in well over 90% of all browsers in the world (actually it's
around 95% for the Flash 6 plugin). It would behoove Macromedia *not* to
make any drastic changes to Flash in order that they maintain
compatibility with the hundreds of millions of installations already out
there, not to mention the tens of thousands of Flash animations,
advertisements (yuck!) and now web applications that depend on the Flash
A risk, yes, but not much of one.
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