MOZILLA HAS CREATED a way of rendering Adobe Flash animations without all that pesky mucking about in Adobe Flash.
Shumway is an experiment designed to transcode .swf files into native HTML5 on the fly.
This means that users will get the experience, but won't need to install Flash to do it, thus avoiding the clunky, slow, bug-ridden shonkbox that it has become.
Adobe has had to fix 37 zero-day vulnerabilities as a result of Project Zero research alone. But the technology, which is only months short of its 20th birthday, is proving increasingly difficult to secure, and keeping it moving is becoming reminiscent of Grommit laying out tracks in front of the runaway train.
Mozilla's experimental but elegant solution is similar to Google's way of securing photos in Gmail - remove the local rendering aspect of the offending plug-in.
However, at present the system works only with product demos for Amazon and using only the latest Nightly compiled version of Firefox.
However, a posting from Mozilla boffin Chris Peterson said: "The Shumway team has been improving compatibility with Flash video players and will whitelist more Flash video sites soon."
Considering that Google's Android and all Apple products already avoid Flash like the plague, it remains surprising how many sites still use the standard.
Google recently migrated YouTube videos to HTML5, but Flash is still available as a fallback and many older sites still render Flash, including a great number of classic internet memes which would become unplayable if everyone dropped Flash - the first digital 8-track tape player.
If you want to try it, download the Nightly desktop version of Firefox, go into the config menu and change the flag for shumway.disabled to false.
Google still embeds a Flash plug-in into the Chrome browser, while Internet Explorer continues to offer it as a separate add-on.
However, it seems that, with more and more problems and initatives like this, we're one step closer to seeing Adobe Flash go the way of Old Yeller. µ
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