May 16, 2016
Google may be putting the final nail in the coffin of Adobe Flash.
The tech titan has announced its plan to push HTML5 in Chrome, removing Flash as the default.
In a draft proposal, dubbed HTML5 by Default, Google indicated Flash will be replaced in the fourth quarter of this year as the default experience for the majority of websites.
“Flash Player will come bundled with Chrome, however its presence will not be advertised by default,” the proposal reads.
“When a user encounters a site that needs Flash Player, a prompt will appear at the top of the page, giving the user the option of allowing it for a site (see mocks on the following slide).If the user accepts, Chrome will advertise the presence of Flash Player, and refresh the page. Chrome will honor the user’s setting for that domain on subsequent visits.”
Google also said Chrome will “whitelist” the top 10 domains — such as Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo and Amazon — that use Flash. These 10 sites will still have Flash set as the default. The whitelist will be reviewed at regular intervals to determine if the top 10 has changed and will expire after one year.
An Adobe spokesperson told CNet the firm is working with Google toward the “industry-wide transition to Open Web standards,” which includes the implementation of HTML5.
“At the same time, given that Flash continues to be used in areas such as education, web gaming and premium video, the responsible thing for Adobe to do is to continue to support Flash with updates and fixes, as we help the industry transition,” Adobe told CNet via e-mail. “Looking ahead, we encourage content creators to build with new web standards.”