Google has detailed a proposal to make HTML5 the default in Chrome over Adobe's Flash Player.
If all goes to plan, by the fourth quarter of 2016 Chrome will not be using the Flash plugin for the vast majority of the web, and will only make an exception as the default media player for the world's top 10 sites that still rely on Flash.
For the time being, Flash will still be bundled with Chrome, but it will no longer automatically load Flash Player on sites that require it.
Instead, users will have to authorize each domain they wish to allow Flash to run on. That preference will be stored in Chrome, so that users don't have to authorize it again when they visit that particular domain in future.
Chrome began automatically pausing non-central Flash content on the web last year and Google has been pushing the online ad industry to adopt HTML5 instead of Flash for display ads. Last year it announced plans to go "100 percent HTML5" by January 2, 2017, when it will no longer run Flash display ads on its ad networks.
Google notes that in the new HTML5 by Default framework for Chrome, enterprises will have a policy setting for 'Always run Flash content'. Users will also have that option under Content Settings in Chrome.