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The iPad Makes Demands on Web Developers

The iPad Makes Demands on Web Developers

If you want your Web site to be viewable from the iPad, it must use HTML 5, not Flash plug-ins, for dynamic content. How will that affect the Web as a whole?

Most agree that with at least 74 million Web pages using Flash, the technology isn’t going away anytime soon. “I don’t think HTML5 will kill Flash in anything but the very long term. There is so much Flash content out there that will need to be supported,” said Opera’s Bruce Lawson.

While the open standard may eventually overtake Flash, in the meantime, many Web sites are taking the approach used by photo and video site Flickr. When a user visits the site, the servers determine whether the visitor is using an iPad. If so, he sees an HTML 5 site; if not, he gets Flash.

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