Learning Content in Crisis? The How and Why of Moving from Flash to HTML5

The Adobe Flash format, once the primary standard for learning content, will no longer be supported after December 31st 2020. You may still have useful Flash learning content in your curriculum or in your archives. So why is Flash going away, what is going to happen to it, and what should you do with it?

For readers of a certain age, Adobe Flash was the exciting new face of a media-filled internet. Many homework and office hours were sacrificed to crude but addictive Flash games and endlessly looping novelty songs. The corporate learning industry itself was a prolific Flash creator, with many organizations creating visually interesting content using the platform.

It’s now less than a year before Adobe, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla pull the plug on Flash entirely. Flash content still barely clings on—in internet terms, just under 3% of websites make use of it. So, what happened to cut Flash’s market share from 28.5% of all sites in 2011? What were the reasons for Flash’s demise, and what will happen on December 31st 2020? Read on to find out.

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