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It's not about making it available for continued production use. It's about archiving the content people created with it.

That's getting harder and harder to do as platforms get more and more complicated. "Mostly" compatible is less than helpful. Having access to the actual primary Flash implementation would be invaluable for preservation efforts.

For archiving you can bundle the Flash runtime with SWF in a standalone EXE file.

What about preserving Flash itself? Like it or not it is/was a big part of Internet history.

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