Why Facebook Moved Web Video to HTML5 From Flash

Facebook recently switched all of its Web video from Adobe Flash to HTML5, and front-end engineer Daniel Baulig explained why in a blog post.


Facebook recently switched all of its Web video from Adobe Flash to HTML5, and front-end engineer Daniel Baulig explained why in a blog post.

Baulig wrote that the benefits of moving to HTML5 included quicker development, a better testing infrastructure and far greater accessibility for impaired users.

He added that Facebook had to overcome challenges including proper logging, bugs within browsers, poor performance in older browsers and a regression in page load time.

Highlights from Baulig’s post follow:

We are continuing to work together with Adobe to deliver a reliable and secure Flash experience for games on our platform, but have shipped the change for video to all browsers by default.

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