HTML5 vs Flash, Apple vs Adobe 2. May 2010 Squize General (4) We've been avoiding this subject, but it feels like the law that every blog even vaguely connected with any of those subjects has to express an opinion about it, they're like arseholes don't you know.Here's mine ( Opinion that is ).As of 5th of Feb this year, 10801 animals are on the endangered species list ( Source: http://www.earthsendangered.com/list.asp ).An iPad is $499 at cheapest. For that you could,Sponsor a Polar Bear for 108 months. Sponsor a Panda for 108 months.Sponsor a Dolphin for 108 months.Sponsor 6 and a half acres of Rain forest forever.Sponsor a guide dog for 65 months.If the lack of Flash support on the iPad concerns you that much that it's stopping you buying one, there's some ideas where that cash could go instead. Think how much help that could be, and I've only touched on environmental related issues, you could be helping starving children or bringing the cure for cancer closer to being a reality.Of course I'm just being a bit of a dick to emphasis my point, i.e it doesn't really matter at all. Apple shutting the door on the CS5 exporter is a blow, a lot of very talented and hardworking people at Adobe have had a collective kick in the bollocks. Will bleating about it make any difference ? Will picking holes in an open letter from Steve Jobs do anything more that give you a slight moral victory ?So to recap, a platform holder can do whatever they like with their own platform.It's peoples right to be able to voice their opinion, whether pro or con, and as consumers we can all vote with our wallets, that's the single best way to encourage change to a consumer product.Of course if you never had any intention to buy an Apple device but are still shouting from the roof tops about the evil empire, well, good luck with that.Right, onto html5 ( In a rather disinterested way, but if we're being topical then let's cover it all ). It's the future all right. It's not now though is it ? Personally I don't really care what I use, it's the end results that matter. I'm fairly certain that any end user is totally the same.Touching back on the whole Flash thing for a second ( It's all loosely connected kinda ), how many people outside of our industry really care ? It's not exactly news, but Google conducted a bit of research last year asking people what a web browser is. Only 8% knew. People don't give a crap what they're using, they don't care if it's IE6 or Flash Player 10.1. They only care if something doesn't work, but any good webpage should help them along with the missing plug-in ( Unless of course that device doesn't support the plug-in, boo Apple, boo ).Time to finish off. Apple won't be running Flash on their mobile devices unless it adversely affects sales or Adobe can remove all the possible opposition Apple have to it. The vast majority of people don't care / understand so aren't up in arms. html5 may well be the future, but that's a ways off yet, right now it's not really very good. A lot of people who are promoting it don't like Flash and are over the moon that they have Apple in their corner all of a sudden. As developers we'll go where the work is. In the grand scheme of things, none of this really matters, and it would be nice to think that it will all go away soon. It won't.Promise this is the last time I touch on any of these subjects on here, as it's as boring for me writing about it as it is for you reading it.Squize.