Facebook introduces promising HTML5 for Videos shelving Flash

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Facebook in a blog post today has announced it has recently switched to HTML5 from Flash based video player for all web video surfaces, including videos in news feed, on pages, and in the Facebook embedded Video Player, while continuing to work together with Flash to provide reliable and safe Flash for games and have shipped the latest change across all the browsers.

" From development velocity to accessibility features, HTML5 offers a lot of benefits. Moving to HTML5 best enables us to continue to innovate quickly and at scale, given Facebook’s large size and complex needs" says Daniel Baulig firms front-end Engineer.

 "Using web technologies allows us to tap into the excellent tooling that exists in browsers, among the open source community, and at Facebook in general. Not having to recompile code and being able to apply changes directly in the browser allow us to move fast." said Daniel Braulig

Google stopped supporting Flash across it's chrome browser earlier this year and Amazon banned using Flash across it's advertising platform. And Facebook was already planning such a move way back in 2010. 

 "Not only did launching the HTML5 video player make development easier, but it also improved the video experience for people on Facebook. Videos now start playing faster. People like, comment, and share more on videos after the switch, and users have been reporting fewer bugs." Braulig added.

Earlier in 2010 :

 According to Facebook the term 'HTML5' is more than just a single specification of HTML5, but represents the next evolution of web platform and thus related to dozens of other specifications.

 In other words HTML5 is related to dozens of other specifications that have already been implemented across  the recent versions of Chrome, FireFox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera.

 Since the introduction of HTML5 functionality over the past few months, engineers have now built new HTML5 Video player with support for high definition H.264 Video that has been rolled for iPhone and iPad users. 

Places is available for Android, iPhone and any other mobile device with similarly modern browsers via http://touch.facebook.com/

After selective loading of page content via Ajax, HTML5 allows decoupling of currently displayed URL with the actual state of application thus preserving readable URL's and prevent unseemly URL's polluting the location bars of the users.

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Recently Adobe renamed it's Flash  



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