Website calls for world to dump Flash

Mobile might be scrapped, but desktop needs to go now as well, campaign claims
Kerry Butters


A new ‘movement’ has emerged urging surfers to help get rid of Adobe Flash, which it claims is “holding back the web”.

Adobe announced that they would no longer be developing the software for mobiles a couple of weeks ago, but said they would continue working on Flash for the desktop PC.

Occupy Flash say in their manifesto that the software, and websites that rely on it, “present a completely inconsistent (and often unusable) experience for [a] fast-growing percentage of the users who don’t use a desktop browser.”

They also agree with the late Steve Jobs that it’s buggy, causes systems to crash, is a security risk and is closed standard software, which has which has no real place in changing web standards.

The goal of Occupy Flash is to convince the world that the software is no longer necessary and to uninstall it from their computers, thus forcing Adobe to discontinue development of the product completely.

Adobe have already said that they will be refocusing their efforts on developing in the HTML5 sphere, and ceasing working on Flash for the mobile platform will allow them to invest in more HTML5 work.

Whilst Occupy Flash point out that it’s clear that HTML5 has won the fight in the future of browsing, they say that Flash will continue to live on so long as it’s installed on people’s machines.

This, they go on to say, means that there will continue to be support for the plug-in and devs will carry on developing applications for it.

“The only way to truly force the web to embrace modern open standards is to invalidate old technology,” the manifesto claims.

They also point out that they are aware this will mean less functionality for users in the short term, but the more people who join the ‘movement’, the quicker Flash will fade into obscurity.

“This is not a campaign against Adobe, or even their Flash platform. We’re sure there are plenty of good uses for it, such as building great Air applications, for example,” Occupy Flash concede.

It would seem that if Adobe have already admitted that the future of the web lies with HTML5, then continuing to develop Flash for the PC platform seems akin to flogging a dead horse.

Occupy Flash offer the idea that Adobe should perhaps ‘man-up’ and support their cause like Microsoft did with the “IE6 funeral” last year.

They urge supporters to help the less technologically minded to get rid of Flash on their machines and use other resources, such as the YouTube HTML5 video player, and also to ask devs to stop developing for the plug-in.

In a final note, the campaigners say that their cause has no corporate backing, dismissing the idea that rival companies could be behind their efforts.

And in a final comment, they say that the “campaign is in no way meant to belittle the efforts of the more important Occupy movements currently going on.”

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