Mozilla's Shumway pushes Flash to off-ramp
Shumway is community-driven and supported by Mozilla, says the project statement. Integration with Firefox is a possibility if the experiment proves successful."
If Shumway does become part of Firefox, Mozilla will enjoy Flash compatibility as standard without having to collaborate with Adobe. Shumway is described as a clean solution in that it sidesteps any security issues in the Flash player; there is no Adobe code being run in order to render the content.
Developers have had to put up with a series of reports and fixes of vulnerability exploits stemming from outdated versions of Adobe Flash Player. Flash is nonetheless pervasive; most online video content uses Flash, which continues to be a key part of browsing; the Web browser plug-in is still popular and is with all the grousing a principal addition for desktop browsing. As one tech site put it, a browser without Flash support in 2012 is a crippled browser.
Microsoft has announced an embedded, not a plug-in, technically, of Adobe Flash Player in the Metro version of IE10 in Windows 8 and Windows RT. According to reports, BlackBerry 10 will support Flash.
Other applications translate Flash for the iPad and other devices, but they don't always work dependably, says one observer exploring the new Mozilla project. If Shumway, still a work in progress, does prove to be a dependable way to translate SWF-based content on the fly, says the blogger, then it will be to Mozillas great credit.
More information: github.com/mozilla/shumway
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