You don't need Flash to be flashy: IBM dev

You don't need Flash to be flashy: IBM dev

Summary: After overhauling the Australian Open website for this year's tournament, IBM site manager Dave Provan has said that Flash is not a required tool for making a site function visually.

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After overhauling the Australian Open website for this year's tournament, IBM site manager Dave Provan has said that Flash is not a required tool for making a site function visually.

Dave Provan

IBM site manager, Dave Provan (Credit: Luke Hopewell/ZDNet Australia)

Provan said that he and his team sought to make the site as light as possible, making for faster load times on mobile and tablet devices. Provan added that much of the Australian Open page didn't run on Adobe's Flash platform in order to achieve that end.

"[The home page, for example] isn't all Flash, it's AJAX. It works on iPad and other tablets. You don't need Flash to [build a site], you can do it with this," he said.

Many mobile devices including Apple's ever popular iPad tablet ship without Flash support, meaning that Flash-based content appears invisible.

While Provan said that Flash wasn't necessary for web multimedia content, he added that not everyone had embraced the new HTML5 standard as yet.

"We are looking to utilise components [such as HTML5] when we find a steady platform. At the moment, we have to bear in mind that not all of our target market are on HTML5," Provan said.

"Don't get me wrong, as a developer I would love it if it was all HTML5, it would make my life so much easier, but that's the game we play," he added.

Apple famously shipped its latest incarnation of the MacBook Air without Flash pre-installed — the company's latest shot across Adobe's bow after a very public stoush last year.

Topics: IBM, Software Development

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  • Apple's dropping of Flash support is about selling apps through their app store, nothing more.
    mwil19-a34f7
  • haha - good one - I just looked at the website and can see at least 1 flash (SWF) object there!
    zdnet31
  • Hey zdnet31,
    Provan made no secret of the fact that there are Flash elements on the Australian Open site. He said that you don't always need Flash to make a nice website. It's Provan's hope that in the future that HTML 5 is adopted as a standard so that it makes his life as a developer easier.

    "Don't get me wrong, as a developer I would love it if it was all HTML5, it would make my life so much easier, but that's the game we play," Provan said.

    Hope this clears that up.

    Regards,
    Luke Hopewell
    Journalist | ZDNet Australia
    LHopewell