Are we flash yet?

A very intriguing html5 application has started to be included in the development branch from the Mozilla foundation project Firefox. Codenamed Shumway, the Mozilla Foundation developers are attempting to implement an html5 virtual machine environment for flash. This is a giant step in the right direction. Adobe was given the chance to do it right, yet we still seem to have major security flaws, and slowness issues. So in an attempt to step closer to html5 compliant everything, they created Shumway. This would make a native html version of both flash and acrobat reader.

Why the name Shumway, not 100% sure, but I am guessing that it has something to do with the file extension for flash sites (*.fla). I figure fla backwards is Alf, known as an alien from the TV show with the same name from somewhere back in my childhood. Alfs name in the show is Gordon Shumway… Maybe I’m wrong, but I wouldn’t put it past the developers coming up with some crazy naming convention like that.

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