at 3/14/02 8:28 AM by Zak McGregor wrote: > http://news.com.com/2100-1040-849981.html > > "We've been looking at how people work on the Internet, how people use > Internet applications, and what we saw was that...HTML was breaking down > in a lot of cases," said Eric Wittman, Macromedia's director of product > management for Flash. " > > So I gather that Macromedia is gunning to replace an open standard with > a proprietary technology, and wants to rid the world of HTML? This seems > absurd, but it's not April 1st yet.Be sure to keep within context here. This is in reference to *web applications*, not normal, content based, web sites.
> What does this mean for the vision of client-independent content > delivery? How has Macromedia addressed it's inherent weaknesses when > compared to html, for example word weighting, full indexability [sic], the > ability to display on devices other than windowed GUIs, the inability to > link to specific information in Flash, bookmarking issues, printing > issues, etc?When it comes to the web applications I have worked on, issues like "full indexability" do not matter. What does matter is predictable results in a highly complex environment. In me experience, DHTML can't provide that.
I welcome any technical advances in Flash technology to make web apps more robust, usable, and "codeable." I don't feel like that will be any threat to (X)HTML's future.