Yesterday Adobe, the company behind the much loved and even more hated Flash technology, introduced Adobe Edge. In their own words:
In other words, Edge promises to do the same as Flash, but this time it’ll be based on web standards. Which means that, in theory, Edge animations can be SEO-friendly.
Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, because Edge uses web standards it’s almost guaranteed to work on nearly all devices – including Apple iOS devices, which are notoriously Flash-allergic.
In fact, it seems this may be the biggest reason for Adobe to introduce this technology, as the pervasiveness of iOS devices grows and Apple’s anti-Flash stance is unyielding even in the face of massive criticism.
That doesn’t make Edge a Good Thing, however. To quote my colleague Toby Osbourn:
“I can see no standout use case for animations on the web in HTML. Just because they are written in markup doesn’t stop them from being unsemantic bloat.”
I have to agree with his sentiments there. Aside from online games, there aren’t a lot of convincing arguments in favour of expansive web animations. But maybe that’s just my ‘less is more’ aesthetic preference shining through.Posted in News, Tools | Tags: html 5