HOW STEVE JOBS will be laughing at Adobe. Those silly Flash billies have gone and produced a widget that allows HTML5 video support for browsers.
Apple's CEO and the rest of the world can chuckle at the San Jose based-company with its claims that "the limited browser support for the HTML5 tag has forced web designers to scramble for a solution". Clearly no one at Adobe has been paying attention to the way the world actually is and they could not have listened to Jobs' 18 October sermon on the third quarter 2010 earnings call. Jobs said, "Most of the video now available on the web is in HTML5."
So what the perverse Flash lovers have gone and done is release an easy-to-use, totally CSS-customizable solution that allow seamless switching from HTML5 to Flash Player when the tag is not supported. The widget means the change from one to the other can't be noticed, whether the screen is on a phone, monitor or TV.
In a stroke of Orwellian genius Adobe is also using the word open to describe the HTML5 Video Player widget source code from the Kaltura library. Thankfully Jobs has informed us that open is not open, it is fragmented, and that integrated is always better. By which Jobs means integrated sees his company develop, own and control it all, of course for the benefit of all humanity.
The HTML5 video player widget is compatible with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Opera. Apparently the Adobe Widget Browser can be run directly from within Dreamweaver and, once it's set up the generated code and files for the HTML5 Video Player widget can be inserted. It can't be true. µ
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