Google last week announced that it would minimize use of Adobe’s Flash Player in its Chrome Web browser by the end of the year by turning off its default status.
When Chrome encounters a Web page, it will report the presence of Flash Player only if a user has indicated that the domain should execute Flash or if the site is in one of the top 10 domains using Flash, said Anthony LaForge, technical program manager for Google Chrome.
When a Web surfer using Chrome encounters a site offering HTML5, the change in Google’s browser will make that the primary experience, he said.
“We will continue to ship Flash Player with Chrome, and if a site truly requires Flash, a prompt will appear at the top of the page when the user first visits that site, giving them the option of allowing it to run for that site,” LaForge said.
“While Flash historically has been critical for rich media on the Web, today in many cases HTML5 provides a more integrated media experience with faster load times and lower power consumption,” he added. “This change reflects the maturity of HTML5 and its ability to deliver an excellent user experience.”