An Interesting iPad Observation

With the release of the iPad, there have been an almost non-stop barrage of blogs and articles suggesting the both the triumph and failure of the machine. My take is that it looks like it would be fun to play with.

How’s that for a review. One observation I’ve seen a few times if the lack of Flash. This has been an annoyance on the iPhone since much of the web depends on the pervasiveness of Flash to deliver content. On the one hand, much of the Flash content on the web is advertising. While it seems like shooting the web in the foot preventing ads with Flash, not many folks miss seeing big flashing advertisements.

The connection many of these blogs make is that if this platform continues to grow (the iPod, iPad, and iPhone), it will eventually have an impact on the propagation of HTML 5. This is an interesting logical conclusion to make, especially since Apple does have its own Flash player that it has been shipping with OS X for quite a while. Yet, the I hope that it is true. While I haven’t been following HTML 5, the reverberations of its features have become rather loud lately. There are quite a few aspects that go beyond HTML as markup and set the stage for a larger platform built on the DOM and Javascript. While it has appeared the spec is rather prescriptive in what it specifies, there have been some positive connections to things like Google Gears and jQuery that make me think some of the features that are out of scope, actually make a lot of sense. In end it really doesn’t matter if the HTML 5 spec defines things like background processes in Javascript as long as something pushes the issue in a way browser vendors can implement it. I have to agree that the big win with the success of a Flash-less iPad platform is the continued openness of the web. The Flash/Flex RIA world is enticing, but it’s still extremely proprietary. It has obviously been a huge challenge to find technology that meets the needs of the web while still keeping the openness. Changes in Javascript have been excellent and it seem HTML 5 is where that evolution continues and opens yet another door for opening up the web as platform. Flash has been the one proprietary platform with the web that has continued to keep a stranglehold on rich content. HTML 5 allows a real choice when considering rich media in the browser. Hopefully this observation the iPad reviews have presented can become a reality and the web can have another renaissance with rich media and interactivity.