GOOGLE HAS announced the latest onslaught in the battle against the foetid, putrid, crapotron that is Abode Flash.
The Chrome browser, currently peeing over any and all competition, had already begun the fumigation process when it made all Flash content deemed unnecessary 'click to play' instead of auto-run in Version 42.
Google confirmed today that starting in Chrome 53 next month Flash content will be blocked wherever possible in favour of HTML5.
Where no alternative is available, users will be asked whether they wish to enable Flash for the duration of their visit.
One major player that will be affected by this change is the BBC, as the iPlayer service on the web still relies on Flash.
The corporation confirmed to us in a statement: "We launched our HTML5 player in October 2015, a first step toward making it our default. When Chrome (and other browsers) stop supporting the Flash plug-in, users will automatically be served the HTML5 player when accessing BBC iPlayer."
In other words, it will eventually be the default. But in the meantime it will be business as usual, although it is implied that the HTML5 player remains a work in progress.
Google said: "Today, more than 90 per cent of Flash on the web loads behind the scenes to support things like page analytics. This kind of Flash slows you down, and starting this September, Chrome 53 will begin to block it.
"HTML5 is much lighter and faster, and publishers are switching over to speed up page loading and save you more battery life. You’ll see an improvement in responsiveness and efficiency for many sites."
Meanwhile, the company's advertising arm has already stopped accepting adverts that use Flash and will kill them off in January 2017.
Adobe is working towards retiring Flash but has repeatedly pointed out that it won't happen overnight, despite the ridiculous number of security holes.
For its part, Google is keen to point out the company's ongoing relationship with Adobe. "Flash helped make the web a rich, dynamic experience, and shaped the modern set of web standards," the firm said.
"We continue to work closely with Adobe to ensure that your web experience is as fast and secure as possible and to help the web transition to HTML5."
We keep suggesting that Adobe just sets a date and kills it, but no-one listens. µ
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