In conversations with designers and developers we have been discussing the pro and cons of using HTML5 video instead of Flash. Sites that support iPad / iPhone need HTML5 as an option, and recently has been driving project’s to require non Flash video.
YouTube’s API Blog published an article yesterday, Flash and the HTML5 <video> tag, which goes over the major points of the argument from one of the most influential players in the Flash vs. HTML5 market. It’s important to keep in mind while reading, that YouTube is owned by Google, and is positioned opposite Apple on many issues (this is far from impartial, but the points are applicable anyway).
From the article:
If you walked into a store and asked to have someone make you a suit and you agreed on a price of $100 and week’s sewing time, a week later you’d expect to walk back in and be trying on your new suit after parting with a $100 bill (at least in America).
What if you went into a different store, after that initial price quote and they offered to make it for $25? You’d think, “Great! One fourth the cost of that previous guy! I’ll take it instead.”
How would you feel if a week later you came back and they said it would be another week and $50 instead? Think you’d be mad?
How much madder would you be after TWO weeks, and now the shop owner is telling your it will be $75 and one more week, but this time he’d definitely get it done. And after you get it, you notice that the pocket is sewed on slightly funny and the trousers don’t fit quite the way you’d expect. Would you be steaming mad now?
Earlier I posted a response to the “Thoughts on Flash” article by Steve Jobs. It seems Adobe has responded via a live-blog session on The Wall Street Journal. I first saw this reported at Neowin.net, Adobe respond to Jobs’ “thoughts on Flash”.