Web 2.0: Scribd Drops Flash For HTML5

The document sharing start-up is betting its business and betting against Flash.

By Thomas Claburn – InformationWeek – May 6, 2010 02:23 PM

In his widely read open letter about the alleged shortcomings of Adobe’s Flash technology on the iPhone, Apple CEO Steve Jobs wrote, “Most Flash Web sites will need to be rewritten to support touch-based devices. If developers need to rewrite their Flash Web sites, why not use modern technologies like HTML5, CSS and JavaScript?”

Scribd, the social document sharing Web site, has done just that.

At the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco on Thursday, Scribd CTO Jared Friedman announced that his company has decided to abandon its three-year-old use of Flash in favor of HTML5.

“After three years of building on Flash, Scribd is starting over and building everything on HTML5,” declared Friedman.

Flash, he said, is terrific in a lot of ways, but has the drawback of wrapping content in a separate application. As a result, Scribd’s Flash document reader ended up duplicating many browser functions, which took a lot of work and resulted in a poor user experience, he said.

“Why do you need a special reading application just to view a document?” asked Friedman.

Read the full article at InformationWeek.com


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