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August 15, 2016 | Danielle Chatterton

Chrome 53 blocks Flash in favour of HTML5

As part of a larger transition of the web to HTML5, Chrome will begin to de-emphasise Flash. This initiative has been in the works for some time now and in September Chrome 53 will begin to block it.

Flash has been an integral part of the internet making it a rich, dynamic experience and has shaped the modern set of web standards. Today, HTML5 is a better way to get the same sort of interactive content running on the web, and it also works on mobile devices. HTML5 is a lot less resource-heavy, more responsive and efficient.

In December, Chrome 55 will make HTML5 the default experience, with the exception of sites with Flash-only support. You’ll be given the option to enable Flash when you visit, so it won’t change too much from the way you already browse the web.

Google says that “all chrome users will see a benefit from this move.”

Firefox 48 was announced last week with some Flash content being click-to-play and all Flash being blocked by default in 2017. And in the Windows 10 anniversary update, Edge uses click-to-play for non-essential Flash elements.

Google continue to work closely with Adobe to ensure that web experience is as fast and secure as possible to aid the transition to HTML5.

PageSuite’s new HTML5 digital edition solution is available now and enables you to publish content across all platforms.

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