There was a ton of cool creative content that came about thanks to Flash (and Newgrounds in particular). It'd be a shame to lose it all just because people now hate the technology they were built on.
And it's not even correct, with plugins with PDFs. They can have DRM junk encrusted on them.
Also, EMEs exist in all major browsers. https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/Encrypted_M...
Also, they say "SXW (OpenOffice documents)" even though StarOffice had switched to Open Document Foundation formats before they were branded Oracle Open Office.
Almost everything these "researchers" needed to know to discredit their own paper can be read on Wikipedia with little to no effort.
Almost every value on this chart ranges from bogus to infuriating.
Which one? Firefox or Chromium-WebKit or Explorer?
Very much, but this chart, and I would say the article is pretty much complete garbage.
Yes, we collectively should save Flash content for its posterity of the older web. But that's a big thing for Archive.org to handle. And I'm sure we can construct a VM to download and use flash content. The only gotcha there, is content that streams from a remote server. The VM would likely be without any networking support, to prevent easily hacked machines (the major reason why we collectively dumped flash).
Also HTML is apparently more complex than JPEG and MP3. I'll remember that next time I"m hand-coding some audio files and using a machine to generate HTML.
That killed all credibility that table has.
Adobe tried to play it cool by pivoting to AIR, a Flash-to-Native generator, which luckily they already had. Meanwhile they put out a press release trying to position their upcoming tools as the preferred toolset for HTML5 production, but this mostly hasn't panned out.
 https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=12174503#12175561  https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=12129691#12131403  https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=12192509#12194161  https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=12129691#12135175
 https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=12259435#12259940  https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=12758085#12760949
Flash could have been a platform that apps could have been built on and displayed in an app store, but they never promoted anything close to it. Flash could have been a complete browser, but they never cared. Flash could have been a cloud desktop (like Goowy Desktop [bought and shut by AOL]). Flash could have been an OS (like Chrome OS or Android OS). Flash was already a pretty good PDF reader and worked faster than Adobe PDF in the browser, but no one knew.
Flash had so much potential, but Macromedia did not have much money to invest and Adobe bought it without any imagination.
All efforts in Flash went to waste and set the industry 5-10 years behind ... so far behind that we now have to wait for HTML5 to be better ... slowly.
OpenOffice, OOTH, can be converted to HTML or PDF, and even if OO and LO go down, the engine will still be available.
For all serious uses, ODF has long-ago replaced the SXW format.
The headline is a little misleading.