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Embracing the current and future browser landscape

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missing puzzle pieceOver the past few years there have been major changes to browser functionality, and much of the content on the internet. With the deprecation of NPAPI, (what some remember as the great “Plugin Apocalypse”) much of what relied on these plugins (especially anything reliant on Java, Silverlight, QuickTime and many variants of flash) became non-functional. The main options to respond to this change were conversion of media to a different format or transition to HTML5. As you can imagine, a good amount of work went into identifying impacted resources, and often conversion of media sources, media encoding, or changing the media players themselves.

Flash and beyond

This change was positive for cross platform compatibility, stability and security; especially for mobile devices. The next phase of this transition was signaled with the announcement by Adobe: Flash end of life (2020), and updated roadmaps for Firefox and Chrome shortly followed. You may want to become familiar with the Plugin Roadmaps, since much of this is already being implemented or will be very shortly. Want to see if any content you rely on is impacted? The easy way is to disable flash in chrome and test any resources you rely on, especially media.

Media and you

This reinforces the use of the Kaltura streaming media server, and the importance of reviewing any media you currently use to ensure it still works (and to check if it is using flash). Recent blog posts have touched on creating short videos, and audio feedback for engagement and instructor presence, which have some good strategies you may want to review.  We also have self-paced and assisted training opportunities for those who want to learn about best practices for using media in your classes.

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x (Comment #30178) by Will Mahoney-Watson 4 years ago (Comment #30178)

RIP Adobe Flash. You were cool once but your time has passed. Check out this amusing “Brief History of Adobe Flash”:
https://laughingsquid.com/a-brief-history-of-adobe-flash/